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Statement on Earthquake in Pakistan and India

Statement on Earthquake in Pakistan and India

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
October 8, 2005

I send my deepest condolences to all those affected by today's earthquake centered in northern Pakistan. The devastation in northern Pakistan and on both sides of the line of control in Kashmir is a terrible tragedy for the people of the region.

I spoke with the foreign ministers of both Pakistan and India this morning to convey our sympathy and offer whatever assistance may be needed.

At this difficult time, the United States stands with its friends in Pakistan and India, just as they stood with us and offered assistance after Hurricane Katrina.

2005/930

ENDS


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