More world leaders, officials pay tribute to China quake victims

2008-05-22 05:42:52 GMT       2008-05-22 13:42:52 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- More leaders and senior officials from foreign countries went to Chinese embassies Wednesday to offer condolences to the China quake victims and their families.

Cuban leader Raul Castro Ruz on Wednesday paid tribute to tens of thousands of victims of the earthquake that shook the province of Sichuan, southwest China on May 12.

Castro wrote on the condolence book at the Chinese embassy in Cuba that "at this time of deep pain for China we pay tribute to the victims of the earthquake of May 12 and we express our more heartfelt condolences to their relatives, to the people, to the Communist Party and to the (Chinese) government in the name of the Cuban people and comrade Fidel."

South African President Thabo Mbeki and Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma went to the Chinese embassy to express their heartfelt condolences to the earthquake victims, and actively donated for the people in earthquake-hit regions.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai on Wednesday went to the Chinese embassy to express deep sympathies to the dead, and said they were greatly impressed by the Chinese government's fast and well-organized rescue work, and the unity and help that the Chinese people give each other.

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua offered his deep sorrow over the huge loss of human lives and properties during the earthquake, and announced that Nigeria will donate 2 million U.S. dollars of aid.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Chinese embassy in Colombo on Wednesday and signed the condolence book to express his condolences to the earthquake victims in China.

Rajapaksa assured Chinese Ambassador Ye Dabo that as a friendly neighbor Sri Lanka will do its best to help the earthquake victimsre cover from the disaster in the shortest possible time.

Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi and all his government ministers and advisers went to the Chinese embassy Wednesday to express their condolences to the victims of the quake that killed over 40,000 residents in the quake-stricken areas.

Sambi stood in silence for the victims after watching photos inthe condolence room of the embassy, which showed the impact of thedevastating earthquake and the tremendous efforts made by the Chinese government and people to rescue the possible survivors.

He voiced sadness, condolence and deep sympathy to the Chinese government and particularly to the bereaved families whose beloved ones were killed by the quake.

Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar on Wednesday also went to the Chinese embassy to mourn the earthquake victims. He said the Brazilian people can feel the pain of the Chinese people, and will always stand by their side.

Maltan Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, Vice Prime Minister TonioBorg and the parliament speaker went to the Chinese embassy for condolences on Wednesday. They expressed deep sorrow to the quake victims, offered sincere sympathies to the Chinese government and people, and spoke highly of the effective rescue operation by the government and the unity among all the Chinese people.

Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsany Ferenc wrote on the condolence book while visiting the Chinese embassy that he understands the pain the Chinese people have to bear during and after the tragic earthquake, and that he will try his best to easethe pain and sorrow in the Chinese people's hearts.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday paid a visit to the Chinese embassy in Oslo to mourn the earthquake victims. The world has been impressed by the relief work done by the Chinese government after the earthquake, the prime minister told Chinese Ambassador Gao Jian, adding that Norway will devote itself to assisting the re-construction work in the quake-hit areas.

Icelandic Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir said to Chinese embassy officials that as a country frequently hit by earthquakes itself, Iceland totally understands the difficulties and pain caused by earthquakes. Iceland will try its best to help China with earthquake-prevention and rescue work, she pledged.

German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung on Wednesday afternoon went to the Chinese embassy in central Berlin to give condolences to the Chinese people, believing Sichuan people can conquer the disaster.

Till now, Germany has offered a total of 1.5 million euros (2.37 million U.S. dollars) of aid to China's Sichuan earthquake zone. Another batch of 3,500 tents and a field hospital are on their way to China along with a group of German medical experts.

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