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World leaders offer condolences over China earthquake


10:33, April 23, 2013

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Many foreign leaders sent condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday and Monday as the country was dealing with the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in China's southwest Sichuan province.

The leaders include Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej; Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa; Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow; Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev; King Abdullah II of Jordan; Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh; King Juan Carlos of Spain; German President Joachim Gauck; Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic; Democratic People's Republic of Korea Premier Pak Pong-ju; Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiyev; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim; Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer; Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas; Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico; Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis; Iranian Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani; Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani; Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Russian Communist Party Leader Gennady Zyuganov.

The leaders sending condolences also include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit; House Speaker of Dominica Alix Boyd-Knights; foreign ministers of Bangladesh, Maldives, Kyrgyzstan, Slovakia, Latvia and Yemen as well as officials of Colombia and Georgia.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Lushan County of China's Sichuan province on Saturday, leaving at least 192 people dead and 23 missing. More than 11,000 people were injured.

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