Friday, January 15

President Obama spoke with Haitian President Preval

President Obama spoke for roughly thirty minutes with President Preval of Haiti earlier this morning.

President Obama said that the world has been devastated by the loss and suffering in Haiti, and pledged the full support of the American people for the government and people of Haiti as it relates to both the immediate recovery effort, and the long-term rebuilding effort.

President Preval said that he has been touched by the friendship of the American people, and expressed his condolences for the loss of American citizens in Haiti. He said that the needs are great, that relief is now flowing in to the people of Haiti, and noted the support that has come from both America and many other countries from the region and around the world.

The two Presidents underscored the need to closely coordinate assistance efforts among the various parties, including the Haitian government, the United Nations, the United States and the many international partners and aid organizations on the ground. President Obama underscored his commitment to supporting the government and people of Haiti through his team on the ground.

President Preval requested to pass a message to the American people,
"from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the Haitian people, thank you, thank you, thank you."

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do1461: This phone call took place during a time when Haiti still stands in ruin and many of the residents of Haiti remain trapped under rubble that was once city. Power has not been restored and the hospitals are in a shamble. Airports and the shipping ports have been damaged. Moving forward and returning to a normal in the aftermath of this earthquake will be a slow process for this island nation.

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