Haiti says it has taken “note of the decision” of the Dominican Republic to close its borders.

President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, on Thursday issued an order for the complete closure of the country’s border with Haiti, encompassing land, air, and sea routes, effective from 6:00 am on Friday.

He said that the Ministry of Defense, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force, are fully prepared to enforce this directive.

In response, Haiti says it will always favour dialogue which has been underway and on a good track between the Haitian delegation and their Dominican Republic counterparts.

Earlier this week, Abinader had announced the suspension of visas to Haitians.

The two countries that make up the Caribbean island of Hispaniola continue to be at odds over the recent excavation of a supposed canal in Haiti that the Spanish-speaking country says will divert water from the Massacre River and harm its farmers and the environment.