Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince offer condolences to Haitian president, UN over quake victims

Haiti disasters leaves tens of thousands dead or homeless, quake destroys thousands of buildings

World rush towards Haiti for help, search for survivors under debris

Hundreds of millions of dollars to face catastrophe, European countries want international conference on Haiti

President Mubarak tours flood-stricken areas, orders urgent compensations for victims

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has sent a cable of condolences to Rene Garcia Preval President of Haiti on the death of victims of recently earthquake that hit Haiti.

The King expressed his heartfelt feelings to the President and the families of the deceased.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Inspector General, also has sent a cable of condolences to Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on the death of a number of UN staff in Haiti.

The Crown Prince expressed his heartfelt feelings to the United Nations chiefs and to the families of the deceased in the earthquake that recently hit Haiti.

In Washington, Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush pledged to lead a long-term fundraising effort on behalf of Haitian relief during remarks with President Obama in the White House Rose Garden Saturday morning.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder after a 30-minute meeting in the Oval Office, the three men vowed that American support for Haiti will continue long after the headlines of the tragedy disappear.

"When the news media starts seeing its attention drift to other things, but there are still enormous needs on the ground," Obama said, Bush and Clinton will "help ensure that these efforts are sustained."

Bush said that his heart, and that of former first lady Laura Bush, "are broken when we see the scenes of little children struggling without a mom or a dad or the bodies in the streets."

He pledged to work alongside Clinton to encourage Americans to dig into their pockets. In the near term, he urged people to avoid donating blankets or other items but to just "give your cash" to aid organizations that can spend it wisely.

"The Haitian people have got a tough journey," Bush said.

"But it's amazing how terrible tragedies can bring out the best of the human spirit ... While that earthquake destroyed a lot, it didn't destroy their spirit."

Clinton, who also serves as the United Nation's special envoy to Haiti, said that with America's help, the Haitian people "can escape their history and build a better future."

The former Democratic president promised that the organization he and Bush lead will be committed to making sure the donations are spent wisely. And he cautioned people to be patient.

"It's gonna take a lot of help and a long time," Clinton said. Obama praised both men for taking on a role similar to the one that Clinton and Bush's father, former president George H.W. Bush, accepted in the wake of the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004.

He said the image of the two men from opposite political parties coming together to lead the aid effort will send an "unmistakable signal" to Haitians that Americans are united in their desire to see the island nation recover.

"In times of great challenge in our country and the world, Americans have always come together," Obama said. "Here at home, presidents Bush and Clinton will help Americans to do their part."

The three presidents asked that donations for relief in Haiti be directed to a new website: www.clintonbushhaitifund.org.

European Union ministers will call for the setting up of an international conference to help Haiti when they gather at an emergency meeting on Monday, a spokeswoman for the bloc's Spanish presidency said on Sunday.

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will chair the meeting of development ministers from the 27-member group, spokeswoman Cristina Gallach told Reuters.

The ministers will assess the cost of providing relief for what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades as well as rebuilding the stricken Caribbean country close to Cuba.

"This will have to be coordinated with the United Nations and international financial organizations like the World Bank. The ministers will also examine how much more needs to be done to help Haiti," said Gallach.

In Cairo, eleven people died and many more were left injured or homeless due to heavy rain and floods in Sinai, southern Egypt and Cairo, state daily Al Ahram reported on Tuesday.

Thunderstorms, torrential rains, and flooding have destroyed houses in Aswan and Sinai, caused a boat to sink in Aswan, and damaged airport buildings in the Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Five of Egypt's ports have been closed due to heavy rain and flooding.

Ali Qotb, the official spokesman for the national Weather Institute, said the unstable conditions are expected to continue until the end of this week.

President Hosni Mubarak arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh Monday evening, where he was shown the damage to the city's airport.

Mubarak ordered assistance be provided to the affected areas and the rebuilding of damaged houses, Al Ahram reported.