Linda Thomas-Greenfield and her delegation safely departed the island nation.
July 23, 2021, 1:35 PM EDT / Updated July 23, 2021, 1:55 PM EDT
By Abigail Williams
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield cut short her visit to Haiti on Friday after gunshots were heard at the funeral for assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, a senior administration official told NBC News.
Thomas-Greenfield and her delegation left Haiti safely and they are en route back to the states, the official confirmed.
While the group departed earlier than expected, the senior administration official said the ambassador was able to meet with Haitian leaders at the funeral, including new Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Claude Joseph, who just stepped down from the position.
“Our delegation is here to bring a message to the Haitian people: You deserve democracy, stability, security, and prosperity, and we stand with you in this time of crisis,” Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement earlier on Friday.