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Dominican Republic Welcomes Senator Chuck Schumer’s Suggestion of ATF Involvement to Reinforce Ongoing Investigation

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Washington, D.C., July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, José Tomás Pérez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States, embraced Senator Chuck Schumer’s suggestion of increased U.S. involvement to bring further clarity to the recent cases involving American tourists. 

In a letter to Senator Schumer, Ambassador Pérez stated, “We are currently in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and would like to extend this investigation into a full review by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding any possible alcohol, bacterial or food manipulation. At this juncture, we are happy to provide the full cooperation of all branches of our government, in the spirit of collaboration and in the interest of safety for the traveling public.”

Ambassador Pérez further stated, “The total transparency and independence of the investigations, supported by the most advanced techniques and technologies that may be available to us, remains our collective objective.”

On behalf of the Dominican Republic, Ambassador Pérez expressed his gratitude to Senator Schumer for his continued support and emphasized the country’s commitment to “restoring the confidence of American travelers.”

The full letter can be viewed here:

July 2, 2019

Dear Senator Schumer:

On behalf of the Government of the Dominican Republic, we wish to express our gratitude for your suggestion of the assistance of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to clarify the origins and possible causes of the recent American tourist cases. The safety of all tourists remains our utmost priority, and we will continue to be vigilant in addressing all issues raised in recent reports.

Senator Schumer, we must unequivocally state that the Dominican Republic welcomes your comments and input. Consistent with your suggestions, we are currently in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and would like to extend this investigation into a full review by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding any possible alcohol, bacterial or food manipulation. At this juncture, we are happy to provide the full cooperation of all branches of our government, in the spirit of collaboration and in the interest of safety for the traveling public. 

I have attached a copy of our letter, previously directed to the United States Government, asking for additional assistance in the investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as The Centers for Disease Control. The total transparency and independence of the investigations, supported by the most advanced techniques and technologies that may be available to us, remains our collective objective. 

Tourism is not only a mainstay of economic activity, but also a very important component of our culture. We welcome your input and are reassured that you represent the state and the city with the largest Dominican community in the United States. You know very well many of our community leaders and districts where many Dominicans live as a hardworking and industrious people, with deep roots in your city and state.  

As the diplomatic representative of our people, we appreciate any effort on your part to assist us in ensuring that our request for cooperation is well received by our US partners. We remain committed to restoring the confidence of American travelers and remain at your disposal to respond to any questions or clarify any aspect of this letter.

Yours truly,

José Tomás Pérez

Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States 

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