Int'l community offers more condolences, aid for China earthquake 2008-05-22 00:01:25   Print

    BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- More countries and international organizations have, by various means, offered their condolences and aid in the wake of the deadly earthquake in southwestern China.

    Malaysian Supreme Head of State Mizan Zainal Abidin and Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean sent messages to Chinese President Hu Jintao to express their condolences.

    Acting Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Feleti Teo also sent a message to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to express condolences.

    Among the leaders who sent messages to Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo are:

    Speaker of Israel's Knesset, Dalia Itzik;

    President of Mozambique's parliament, Eduardo Joaquim Mulembwe;

    Speaker of Lesotho's National Assembly, Ntlhoi Motsamai.

    The Speaker of Grenada's House of Representatives Lawrence Joseph also expressed condolences to China.

    Afghan Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili sent a message of condolence to Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

    Foreign officials who sent messages of condolence to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi include:

    Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, secretary general of the Saudi National Security Council;

    Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kenneth Baugh;

    Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lulzim Basha;

    Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

    The government of Mauritius donated 300,000 U.S. dollars to earthquake victims in southwest China.

    The government of Botswana provided 1 million pula (150,000 U.S. dollars) in aid to China.

    The government of Sudan has pledged to provide 250,000 U.S. dollars to China.

    The government of Tonga donated 50,000 U.S. dollars to China.

    The Tajik government has pledged to provide China with 100,000 U.S. dollars in aid, as well as tents and other relief materials.

    The Uzbek government has pledged to provide 50 tons of relief materials to China.

    The Turkmen government has pledged to send 40 tons of relief materials to China.

    A first shipment of 25 tons of relief materials has arrived in Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan province.

    The third batch of relief materials from Singapore, with a value of 60,000 Singapore dollars (40,000 U.S. dollars), has also reached Chengdu.

    The government of Luxembourg has pledged to provide an additional 50,000 euros (75,000 U.S. dollars) in aid through UNICEF and relief materials with a value of 50,400 euros (75,600 U.S. dollars). Aid from Luxembourg has topped 150,400 euros (225,600 U.S. dollars).

    The Czech government has pledged to provide a further 1 million koruna (62,000 U.S. dollars) worth of relief materials, after having already provided 700,000 koruna (43,000 U.S. dollars) worth of relief materials.

    Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn donated 638,500 yuan (92,500 U.S. dollars) worth of relief materials to China's quake-hit areas.

    Gagik Tsarukyan, chairman of Armenia's "Prosperous Armenia" party, donated 100,000 U.S. dollars in aid to China.

    Many foreign missions to China have also made donations to China's quake-hit areas.

Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China

Editor: Yan Liang
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