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Gates: US not seeking too-heavy profile in Haiti

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Gates: US not seeking too-heavy profile in Haiti
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he thinks U.S. forces will be welcomed by Haitians as lead players in disaster relief efforts, but that substantial assistance will come from other nations as well.

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Summing up initial U.S. work today, Gates said he believes coordination of American aid "has proceeded very well," and said he didn't see Washington as having an overly intrusive profile in the disaster-stricken country.

Gates told reporters he thinks the Haitian reaction "will be one of relief at seeing Americans providing" food, medicine, water and other emergency supplies. And he said it was vital to these supplies into the country immediately. Gates said the U.S. believes the security situation in Haiti "is pretty good," other than some scavenging for food and water.

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