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Int'l community continues to extend condolences to China over earthquake
 

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Foreign leaders and heads of international and regional organizations continued to send their condolences to China on Monday and Tuesday over a powerful earthquake that hit northwest China's Qinghai Province.

Messages of condolences were sent through various channels to Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse expressed support to the Chinese government and people on behalf of the Sri Lankan government and people. He believed the Chinese people have the courage and determination to overcome the challenges of the relief work.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani conveyed sincere greetings to the Chinese people. He believed the undaunted Chinese people will definitely overcome the disaster.

Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Mak-toum, vice president and prime minister, sent deepest sympathy and greetings to the Chinese people.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman expressed condolences to the victims of the quake and conveyed greetings to the Chinese people, especially the families of the victims.

Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa sent sincere greetings to the Chinese people and wished the injured to recover soon.

Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait's Crown Prince, conveyed condolences to the victims and wished the injured quick recovery.

Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaataryn Batbold expressed deep condolences to the Chinese people.

Eda Satsuki, president of House of Councilors of Japan, conveyed condolences to the Chinese people.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani felt deep sorrow over the huge casualties of the earthquake and expressed sympathy to the families of the victims.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano expressed deep sorrow over the casualties of the quake and conveyed sincere greetings to the Chinese people and deep condolences to the victims.

Doris Leuthard, president of the Confederation of the Federal Council of Switzerland, sent sincere condolences to the Chinese people.

Greek President Karolos Papoulias expressed deep condolences to China, as weel as sympathy and support to the families of the victims.

Maltese President George Abela and Parliament Speaker Louis Galea sent condolences to the Chinese people, especially the families of the victims, saying that the Maltese people felt as if they had been experienced the quake.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expressed deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian conveyed greetings to the Chinese people and deep condolences to the families of the victims. He also wished the injured quick recovery.

Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic extended greetings to the Chinese people and the families of the victims. He said the people of the two countries would unite as one. He believed China's relief work would be successful.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic expressed sincere condolences to China over the earthquake.

Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk conveyed sincerest greetings to the families of the victims and the injured of the quake.

Vlad Filat, prime minister of Moldova, expressed sincere sympathy and greetings to the Chinese people and condolences to the families of the victims.

Macedonian Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanovski extended greetings to the families of the victims. He firmly believed that the Chinese people would overcome difficulties and make the relief work a success with the support of friendly countries.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika extended sincerest greetings to the Chinese people and the families of the victims.

Laurent Gbagbo, president of Cote d'Ivoire, expressed regards to the Chinese people, deep sympathy to the families of the victims and firm support to China's relief work.

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade conveyed sympathy and support to the Chinese people and the families of the victims, and wished the injured to recover soon.

The speaker of the National Assembly of Comoros expressed condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to their families.

Raul Castro Ruz, president of the Council of State of Cuba, extended deep condolences to the families of the victims.

President of the Republic of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo expressed sincere greetings to the people affected by the quake and lauded the timely and effectively relief efforts of the Chinese government. He believed the Chinese people in the quake-hit region would rebuild their homeland soon.

Navanethem Pillay, United Nations high commissioner for human rights, sent deep condolences to the victims and extended greetings to their families. She believed China would overcome the difficulties soon with strong leadership of the government.

Jacques Diouf, general director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, extended sincere greetings to the Chinese people.

Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping expressed regards to the families of the victims and praised the quick relief efforts of the Chinese government after the quake.

Martin Khor, executive director of the South Center, an international organization of developing countries, conveyed greetings to the families of the victims and expressed respect for the rescue measures and efficiency of the Chinese government.

He hoped that the Chinese people could overcome the pains and losses caused by the earthquake and rebuild their homeland as soon as possible.

Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Shami, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr Abdullah al-Qirbi, Gabonese Foreign Minister Paul Toungui, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout, Ruslan Kazakbayev, foreign minister of the Kyrgyz interim government, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan, Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet conveyed messages of greetings to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Other countries such as Nigeria and Andorra also sent condolences to China in various forms.



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