Originally published: March 2, 2010
Last updated: March 2, 2010 - 9:09pm
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped in earthquake-stricken Chile Tuesday to drop off 20 satellite phones and assess what the United States can do to help the country recover.
Sec Clinton, in the midst of a trip through Latin America that includes a previously scheduled visit to Chile's capital, Santiago, said the Obama administration is offering "whatever assistance the government might need." She said one of Chile's "biggest problems has been communications as we found in Haiti in those days after the quake." The U.N is sending 45 satellite phones and is prepared to send 30 tons of food and other aid if the government gives the green light, according to the top U.N. representative for Latin America.