International Community Continues to Extend Condolences to China over Qinghai Earthquake
2010/04/15

A large number of countries and international and regional organizations extended their condolences to China on April 14 and 15 over an earthquake that struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in southern Qinghai Province. Messages of condolences were sent to President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin extended profound condolences over victims of the devastating quake and expressed the most sincere sympathy to the families of the victims as well as the injured, while pledging assistance in dealing with the aftermath.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement, sending condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to the families of the quake victims and pledging that the U.S. is ready to offer assistance to the quake-hit areas. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also issued a statement, sending condolences to the victims and pledging support for the rescue and reconstruction work of the quake-hit areas.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed the most sincere condolence to the victims and was confident of China's capacity to cope with the disaster. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said France stands ready to offer aid to China.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she felt grieved and shocked at the casualties caused by the quake and extended the deepest condolences to the families of the quake victims and the people affected by the quake. Merkel said she wished those injured a quick recovery. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that at this difficult moment, Germany would stand on the side of China and offer assistance to the country's relief efforts.

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama extended condolences over the victims and sympathy to their families. He said that Japan was ready to help with China's reconstruction efforts, adding that he hopes the affected areas will be rebuilt as soon as possible.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak expressed deep condolences to the victims and sympathy to the families of the victims and the injured, pledging to offer assistance to China.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani extended their sincere condolences to the Chinese government and people. They said they believed the Chinese would overcome the disaster with courage and determination.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung offered the deepest condolences and expressed sympathy to the people affected by the quake. He said he believed the affected areas will return to normalcy under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.

Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein sent his sincere condolences and deep sympathies to the families of the quake victims. He believed and hoped the Chinese government will accomplish the quake relief and reconstruction work.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen also extended his deepest sympathy and condolence to the victims and their families.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he believes that the Chinese people will be able to overcome this tragedy. "I wish those injured a speedy recovery and hope that the affected regions will return to normalcy before long," he said.

President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed expressed condolences to China via Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Naseem and lamented over the victims.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he felt grieved about the great number of casualties in the quake and offered his condolences to the Chinese people and the families of the quake victims.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah lamented over the deaths and extended profound condolences to the families of the quake victims. He said he hoped the Chinese people will overcome the disaster soon.

Jordan's King Abdullah II felt deeply grieved over the casualties and offered his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

Deputy Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Ahmed Benhelli said LAS extended profound condolences to China over the earthquake that hit Yushu, Qinghai.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba hoped the brave Chinese people will tide over the difficulties.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said he was deeply grieved over the victims and sent sincere condolences to the Chinese people and the families of the quake victims. He believed the Chinese people will overcome the disaster.

Seychelles President James Michel wished the quake relief a smooth progress and that China will overcome the disaster.

Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure extended condolences to China and particularly to the families of the victims.

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Karim Masimov said they hoped the affected regions will restore to normalcy as soon as possible.

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, on behalf of the Portuguese people, extended profound condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the Chinese people.

Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov offered deep condolences to Chinese people. He said he believed the Chinese government and its people have great determination to overcome the disaster and the affected areas will restore to normalcy soon.

Romania President Traian Basescu expressed his sincere condolences and profound sympathy to the victims, saying he will stand side-by-side with the Chinese people.

Luxemburg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Junker sent the most sincere condolences to the families of the victims on behalf of the people of Luxemburg.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed deep condolences to the victims and sincere solicitude to their families on behalf of the Greek government.

Serbian Parliamentary Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic conveyed their sympathies to the people affected by the quake.

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega expressed sincere sympathy and condolence to the Chinese government and people, stressing that Spain is ready to help with China’s rescue efforts.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued a statement, pledging to offer aid to China and stand by the Chinese government and people in fighting against the disaster. Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, also extended his condolences to the victims and pledged support to the Chinese side.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on behalf of the Canadian government and people extended his deepest condolences to the Chinese people, expressing sympathy for the families of the victims and persons missing in the disaster and promising to provide assistance to the Chinese people.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully in his statement pledged that New Zealand is ready to offer necessary assistance to China.

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica lamented over the heavy casualties caused by the earthquake and extended sincere condolences and sympathy to China.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera expressed profound condolences to the Chinese government and people and to the families of the quake victims.

Brazil's Foreign Ministry issued a statement offering their sincere condolences to the Chinese government and the families of the quake victims in Qinghai Province.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro on behalf of the Venezuelan government extended profound condolences to Yushu, Qinghai, saying that Venezuela is ready to offer assistance to China at any time.

The Mexican foreign ministry on behalf of the Mexican government extended sincere sympathy to the Chinese government and people as well as profound condolences to the families of the victims, pledging to offer help within the ability.

Columbian Foreign Ministry issued a statement offering their sincere condolences to the Chinese side and the families of the quake victims in Qinghai Province.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his statement expressed the deepest condolences to the Chinese government and the Chinese people that suffered great losses in their lives and properties. The United Nations is ready to help at any time, he said.

President of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly (GA) Ali Treki, on behalf of all the UN member states, extended sympathy to the Chinese government and people and said he was saddened by the heavy casualties and property losses caused by the earthquake.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, and Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, pledged to offer any assistance at any time China needs.

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his statement expressed sympathies and support to the people affected by the earthquake.

Condolences also came from Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung Hwan, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Almagro, Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde, Algerian Minister of State of the Interior and Local Communities Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni, Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs Madicke Niang and the President of European Economic and Social Committee Mario Sepi.

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