Foreign ministers from all over the world will gather in Canada's second-largest city of Montreal on Monday to discuss the rebuilding of Haiti, where a devastating January 12 earthquake claimed up to 150,000 lives.
Delegations from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, the U.S., Spain, France, and Japan, as well as representatives of international organizations, including the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of American States, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund are to take part in the talks, officially known as the Ministerial Preparatory Conference of the Group of Friends of Haiti.
Canada has allocated more than 100 million Canadian dollars ($94.7 million U.S.) in aid for the quake-hit nation, of which 67 million Canadian dollars ($63.4 million U.S.) were provided by Canadian citizens. The country's government has pledged to allocate some additional 17 million Canadian dollars ($16 million U.S.) to help Haiti recover from the quake.
The summit will take place less than two weeks after the 7.0-magnitude quake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation, with the final death toll estimated to range up to 200,000.
VANCOUVER, January 25 (RIA Novosti)