Peru expresses condolences and solidarity to Chile after earthquake

10:49, February 28, 2010      

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia on Saturday expresses his solidarity with the Chilean people and condolences to the victims of the powerful earthquake in a message to Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

"I wish to express, on behalf of the government and people of Peru, our sincere condolences and solidarity to the people and government of Chile", Garcia said.

"In these difficult times, Peru promises to provide cooperation that may be required by your administration," he said.

Garcia has declared Saturday a day of national mourning.

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on early Saturday morning, killing 214 people so far and causing severe infrastructure damage.

According to media reports, the death toll includes at least two Peruvian women.

Source:Xinhua
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