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H.E. Taoiseach Brian Cowen Pays Condolences at the Chinese Embassy
(2008-05-26)

H.E. Taoiseach Brian Cowen visited the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland on 26 May to sign the  book  of condolences extending his sympathy to the Chinese people and condolences to the victims in the massive earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province, China. The Taoiseach stated that Ireland would be willing to do whatever it can to assist the Chinese Government and people in the aftermath of the tragedy.

After signing the book, Taoiseach Cowen told Ambassador Liu Biwei that he would like to convey the sympathy and support from the Irish Government and people to President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and the Chinese Government and people through Ambassador Liu. He indicated that the reconstruction in China may take a long time, and in this process, Ireland is willing to continue its assistance to China to deal with the difficult times.

Ambassador Liu thanked Taoiseach for his sympathy towards the Chinese Government and people. The Ambassador highly regarded the cordial affection and great friendship from the Irish people, as evidenced by the prompt expressions of condolences and sympathies respectively from President McAleese, Taoiseach Cowen and Foreign Minister Martin, as well as the one million euro aid in cash and eleven thousand euro worth aid in goods by the Irish Government. On behalf of the Chinese Government and people, Ambassador Liu extended his heartfelt gratitude to the above. The Ambassador also briefed Taoiseach with the latest development of quake relief and home rebuilding efforts and expressed his great confidence that the Chinese people will overcome the difficulties and rebuild their homes under the leadership of the Chinese Government and with the support of people worldwide.

 

Taoiseach Brian Cowen Signing the Book of Condolences

Taoiseach Brian Cowen Hand in Hand with Ambassador Liu Biwei

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