Haiti's president Rene Preval met with President Barack Obama Wednesday to discuss how best to rebuild his country.
Preval expressed his gratitude to the U.S. for both its material and moral support in the wake of the Jan. 12 quake.
"I thank you not only for the material support but the moral support, the psychological support that made us know we were not alone," the Haitian leader said.
Meanwhile, Preval is asking Obama for help with job creation, instead of more food
"This first phase of assistance is finished," Preval said earlier this week. "If they continue to send us aid from abroad -- water and food -- it will be in competition with the national Haitian production and Haitian commerce."
Following Wednesday's meeting, Obama addressed reporters in the White House Rose Garden about Haiti's future.
"The situation on the ground is dire," Obama said with the gray-bearded Preval at his side. "The crisis is not over. Many Haitians are still in desperate need of shelter, food and water. And with the spring rains coming, these needs will only grow."
Preval's visit includes meetings with both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder later this week.