Friday, March 5, 2010

Haitian President to Visit White House

WASHINGTON — Earthquake-hit Haiti's President Rene Preval will travel to Washington next week for talks with President Barack Obama, the White House announced Friday.

The White House says Obama and President Rene Preval will meet on Wednesday before Obama visits St. Louis. The White House announced the schedule on Friday.

The talks will come ahead of a major donors conference on March 31 at the United Nations in New York which aims to drum up support for Haiti's recovery.

The United States has played a leading role in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, which killed more than 222,000 people and left 1.3 million people homeless in and around the capital.

The United States has reduced its troop numbers in the country and off the coast of Haiti by about half from more than 20,000 just after the catastrophe.

Senior US officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have visited Haiti in the wake of the earthquake.

Source: AP

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