The government of Haiti has lashed out against a new United States travel advisory warning Americans about violent crime, infectious disease and poor medical facilities in the impoverished French-speaking nation.

In a statement from Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe’s office on Wednesday, Haiti said it “vehemently protests” the State Department’s decision to issue the revised travel warning for the country.

Seeking to reassure foreign travellers and the Haitian diaspora that they could visit the country “peacefully”, Port-au-Prince drew attention to efforts it said it had made to strengthen security.