America will work with Haiti to make sure the country emerges ‘stronger and better’ after the devastating earthquake. That was one of the assurances given by Hillary Clinton during her visit to Haiti on Saturday. The US Secretary of State met with Haitian President, Rene Preval.
As Clinton spoke, she was interrupted by the sound of planes bringing aid, but she was happy to hear it:
“That’s a good sound. That means good things are coming and helping the people of Haiti.”
During the one-day visit, Clinton used a news conference at the airport in Port-au-Prince, to reassure the Haitian people. She said: “I want to speak directly to the Haitian people through the Haitian media. We are here at the invitation of your government to help you. As President Obama has said, we will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead.”
US aid efforts are continuing, with more military personnel and equipment being used. Navy helicopters are flying aid to the surrounding areas of Port-au-Prince, with much-needed basics like bottled water.