The United States considered that the Dominican Republic is a safe country that its citizens can visit, because of the report of the death of several tourists in the country for months.
In his Twitter account, the US Embassy quoted his representative in the country, Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein, who said that “more than 2.7 million US citizens visit the Dominican Republic every year and we have not seen an increase in the number of deaths of US citizens reported to the State Department. ”
He also posted details of yesterday’s meeting between the deputy assistant secretary of the Department of State for Canada and the Caribbean, Cynthia Kierscht in Washington D.C. with the Dominican Ambassador José Tomás Pérez, to discuss the efforts and ensure the safety and health of the American citizens of the Caribbean country.
Along the same lines, the former US Ambassador to the country, James-Wally-Brewster, asked his compatriots not to be afraid to go on vacation to the Dominican Republic. Interviewed on NBC, the diplomat highlighted the levels of security surrounding tourists visiting our country.
Brewster reported that he spoke with officials of the Attorney General’s Office, who informed him that in the next few days they will announce the results of the toxicological tests that were carried out on the bodies of US citizens who died in the country. The results of the autopsies showed that these deaths were due to natural causes.
The Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, has been reiterative in pointing out that the Dominican Republic is a safe country and that it is not true that mysterious deaths are registered. Last week the official visited the United States, where he met with the main tour operators.
Security of tourists, a priority
Yesterday, in a letter addressed to the American Senator Chuck Schumer, the Dominican Ambassador to the United States, José Tomás Pérez, thanked the suggestion about the assistance of the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States to help clarify the origins and possible causes of the recent cases of deceased American tourists. Perez said that the safety of tourists “remains our top priority.”
In other letters addressed to the Attorney General of the United States of America, William Barr, the director of the FBI, Christopher A. Wray, and other federal officials, the Dominican Ambassador to the United States, Pérez, warned that “our own investigations have revealed an increase in the number of tourist deaths in the current year. In fact, according to the US Department of State. UU, from 2017-2018, the number of deaths of US citizens in the Dominican Republic represented the lowest number of tourists from the United States who died in any of the four major tourist destinations in the United States in the Caribbean area. ”
RD will defend tourism before ambassadors
The Dominican Government announced that it will hold an event today with ambassadors accredited in the country to defend its tourism sector, the main source of income for the country. The information was offered yesterday by Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado, who will participate in the meeting together with the Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García; and the Attorney General of the Republic, Jean Alain Rodríguez. Vargas said there is a “discrediting campaign” against the Dominican Republic “with the purpose of harming the political order and the economic order” after the death of eight US citizens since the beginning of the year.