Brazilian president arrives in Haiti to announce aid plan

08:35, February 26, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived Thursday at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport in Port-au-Prince for a working visit during which he will meet with his Haitian counterpart, Rene Preval, and announce a plan to help the country devastated by an earthquake on Jan. 12.

In his third official visit to the Caribbean country and the first one after the tragedy, Lula da Silva was greeted by Preval and by an Haitian band playing the Brazilian hymn. Right after that, he made a 30-minute flight by helicopter over Port au Prince to assess the most affected parts of the city.

Then, the Brazilian leader went to the headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), whose military command is Brazil's responsibility since 2004.

At Minustah headquarters, Lula da Silva and Preval held a working meeting during which the Brazilian proposals to help in the national reconstruction Antilles were presented.

Several cooperation agreements have been signed, including one for the construction of 100 collecting water tanks for small communities, a plan to purchase food from Haitian family farmers financed by Brazil, and professional training programs in various fields.

Source: Xinhua
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