S Korea's Lee visits Japanese embassy to express condolences

17:21, March 18, 2011      

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South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (front) pays silent tribute to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, at the Japanese embassy in Seoul March 18, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

South Korean President Lee Myung- bak on Friday extended his condolences to Japanese earthquake victims in his visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul, his office said.

The president, who was greeted by Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Masatoshi Muto, said situations in Japan, hit by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, are "very regrettable."

"We all offer our condolences to the victims. (We) believe Japan will recover soon, and the Republic of Korea will stand by Japan as the closest neighbor," he wrote on a condolence book, according to presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Lee told the Japanese envoy that he was "impressed and touched" by the Japanese people's calm in the face of a disaster.

The envoy expressed gratitude for the condolences and help extended by South Koreans, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Source: Xinhua

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