Martelly tells The Associated Press that he hopes Winfrey will serve as an ambassador for Haiti. He says he would like her to help Haiti get more assistance for rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake that displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Winfrey is expected to arrive in Haiti on Sunday. She is to visit a settlement camp run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn’s aid group J-P HRO.
Martelly said he will meet with her on Monday.
The president made the announcement Friday while in Trinidad for a trade summit with Caribbean leaders.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan started a five-day trip to Haiti on Sunday, arriving just ahead of fellow Chicagoan Oprah.
Farrakhan told reporters at the airport that he will be exploring ways his organization can help Haiti rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
He said he intends to “listen, learn and share,” and is particularly interested in learning more about Voodoo, the religion widely practiced in the country.
“I have longed throughout my life to set my foot in the sacred soil of Haiti,” Farrakhan said.
Haitian Foreign Minister Laurent Lamorthe greeted Farrakhan at the airport, and the Nation of Islam leader was expected to meet later in the week with President Michel Martelly.