March 10th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to meet with Haitian president on relief, recovery efforts

President Obama will meet Wednesday with Haitian President Rene Preval.
President Obama will meet Wednesday with Haitian President Rene Preval.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet Wednesday with Haitian President Rene Preval to discuss relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti, the White House said in a statement.

"The president will speak with President Preval about how the international community can best support the government of Haiti and the Haitian people as they rebuild and create a foundation for a brighter future," the statement said.

Haiti is struggling to recover from a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck January 12. Much of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, was destroyed, and more than 217,000 people were killed, according to the latest figures from international relief organizations.

Washington has already provided $700 million in aid to Haiti. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday a donors' conference is planned in New York for the end of March. More than half of all United States households have made private contributions to Haitian relief, Clinton said.

Discussions between Obama and Preval are expected to include Washington's aid contributions, the White House said. "A long and enduring relationship binds the United States and Haiti. Haitians are neighbors in the Americas, and Haitian-Americans have made extraordinary contributions to our country."

Preval said Tuesday his country is working to get its election timetable rescheduled, telling reporters after meeting with Clinton that political stability is "fundamental" for the development of a country. "I think that is what constitutes a guarantee for investors, for the population, that there's some guarantees, that there's some security about their future," he said.

Parliamentary elections set for February were postponed, and it is unclear whether a presidential election scheduled for the fall can proceed.

Clinton said she assured Preval "that the United States would work with the international community to hold elections as soon as appropriate."

–CNN's Charley Keyes contributed to this report.


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  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Knowing the Obozo administration and their foreign relations policy as well as we do the conversation will go "We are so sorry that the arrogant Bush Administration caused the earthquake. If we had health insurance reform it would never have happened, but even though we have an overwhelming majority in Congress that old rascally Republican party of NO is stopping us so they can line the pockets of greedy people who actually pay taxes and have been responsible enough to follow the rules and pay for their retirements with profits from investments. But don't worry we will take it away from them and give it to you as long as you can send over a bunch of illegal immigrants that can report to ACORN to vote for me in 2012."

    March 10, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. dutch

    Where is Dubya and Bubba's aid relief efforts at?

    March 10, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Andy

    I guess he does not have enough to do with this country and its problems,I thought he had asked Bill Clinton to head up the Haiti relief effort.

    March 10, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. H

    Let me get this right, the Haitian president is going to meet with president Obama to ask him to stop supplying food and water to the poor Haitian people. Wait until the Haitian people hear that good news. Preval's term is almost over. He just want money to pocket it for himself as he is getting ready to leave office. His wife owns a multi-million dollar mention in Coral Gables Florida. It's presidents like him that keeps hindering Haiti from making any progress.
    I hope president Obama is smart enough not to give this guy a dime. Thank you USA for the freedom of speech. My fellow Haitians in Haiti don't have that right.

    March 10, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Seth Cold

    How can we afford this? How can we help when we are in need of help ourselves in the USA.

    March 10, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Marc

    Life goes on, with a little help of their friends of course.

    March 10, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. diridi

    president, stop worrying about Haiti, and pass this health care bill...put price restrictions of doctors and Optamatrists....they are charging outrageously....sending bills to citizens....insurance is not paying a dime...please fix it immediately.....sin is totally ripe...in here...pass health care...I vote for you....

    March 10, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Daniel

    Are they talking about the relief and recovery from the earthquake or the relief and the recovery being left behind by Hurrican Obama? Come on CNN, we need more clarity here.

    March 10, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go ahead and meet with him Mr. President. You have a whole team of advisors and people versed in dealing with these types of disasters. I am sure the poor man can benefit from any input you and the experts have to offer. He's building his capital city from the ground up. May I suggest that different construction materials, if available, be used this time around. I pray for the people of Haiti.

    March 10, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Bob in Pa.

    BO needs to say no more assitance until the current appointed dictator in Haiti removes himself from office.

    March 10, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Chris D.

    Keep doing the Lord's work, Mr. President!!

    March 10, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    he should meet with the president of California for relief and recovery.

    March 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |