Greek PM signs Book of Condolences at Chinese Embassy

2008-05-22 16:12:08 GMT       2008-05-23 00:12:08 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

ATHENS, May 22 (Xinhua) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visited the Chinese Embassy in Athens at noon on Thursday, and signed the Book of Condolences for the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck the Sichuan province in China on May 12.

Karamanlis expressed grief for the victims, and his support for those who suffered losses in the disaster.

"The devastating earthquake that struck the Sichuan province in China, leaving a great number of people dead or injured, has shocked the entire world, causing sentiments of horror for the magnitude of the natural disaster and deep grief for those lost. Greece shares the sorrow of the Chinese people and its mourning. At these difficult time, our thoughts are with all those afflicted by the disaster," the prime minister wrote.

Karamanlis wishes the Beijing Olympic Games a great success.

Chinese Ambassador to Greece Luo Linquan said that Chinese government and people are grateful for the support from the Greek government and people.

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