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Qatar Pledges $20 Million to Help Haiti

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Former U.S. President and special U.N. envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton visits the Haiti Hotel School in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. On the same day, Clinton made a joint announcement with Qatar's ambassador that the Middle Eastern nation will give $20 million to Haiti.
Haiti will receive millions of dollars from Qatar through a special fund that aims to help the impoverished nation in the areas of health, education and housing.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Qatar's Ambassador Mohammed Bin Abdulla al-Rumaihi made the announcement in Port-au-Prince Monday.

"This $20 million the Qatar Fund has pledged to support long-term recovery in five important areas with very strong partners in each is profoundly important," Clinton said. "And I hope will set an example for other donors who have committed funds but have not been specific yet when they will deliver how much money. The Qataris have kept their word and done it in an intelligent, forward-looking way for which I am very grateful.''

Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake two years ago which displaced more than a million people and toppled thousands of buildings.