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More Leaders of Foreign Governments and International Organizations Express Their Condolence to China on the Earthquake Disaster in Sichuan (XII)
2008-05-14 00:00

More leaders of foreign governments and international organizations sent messages to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, or in other ways, to express their deep condolence to the Chinese government and people over the devastating earthquake in Sichuan.

Spanish King Juan Carlos I expressed sincere condolences and support to the Chinese people and relatives of the victims and wished the injured a quick recovery. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said the Spanish government is ready to offer all necessary assistance to China.

Norwegian King Harald V expressed deep sorrow over the huge casualties caused by the earthquake and extended his most sincere condolences and sympathy to the people in the affected areas.

President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde of Iceland extended the deepest sympathy and support to the Chinese people. The people of Iceland are concerned for the people in the affected areas of China and wish them a bright future. Iceland is ready to offer assistance to China.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the victims and wished for an early recovery of those injured in the disaster. They expressed belief that the Chinese people are fully capable of overcoming the losses caused by the disaster and win the battle against the natural disaster with a strong will. Armenia was ready to provide assistance to China's relief efforts, they said.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed condolences to those killed in the earthquake and extended sympathy to the injured.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias extended sincere sympathy to the Chinese people, expressing belief that the Chinese people will surely overcome difficulties with a strong will and rebuild homeland as soon as possible. Costa Rica is ready to offer help to China, Arias added. The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry issued a statement, expressing profound sympathy and condolences to the victims' families and the people in the affected areas.

Central African President Francois Bozize and Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera offered solaces to the Chinese government and people, saying the Central African people will stand side by side with the Chinese people to face the disaster. Central Africa believes that the brave Chinese people will overcome current difficulties with their dauntless and persistent efforts, they added.

Guinea Bissau's President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Foreign Minister Maria da Conceicao Nobre Cabral said people in their country cherish special feelings for their Chinese brothers. They offered deep condolences and sincere support to the Chinese people in this sad moment.

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma expressed deep sorrow for the huge casualties in the earthquake and offered his sympathy to the Chinese government and people.

Vanuatuan Prime Minister Vanuaroroa Ham Lini also expressed acute sorrow for casualties and losses caused by the quake, saying that he believed the Chinese people would win the battle against the disaster and life in the quake-hit areas would soon return to normal.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed deep condolences and sympathy to the Chinese people and the victim's relatives. He believed that the great Chinese people have the courage, will and determination to win the battle against the calamity.

Meanwhile, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda expressed heartfelt condolence and deep sympathy to China amid the quake, saying that the ADB is willing to provide necessary support for the reconstruction efforts in the affected areas.

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