Roseau, Dominica – May 15, 2008………. Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has written to the Premier of China, His Excellency Wen Jiabao expressing the sadness and shock of the Government and People of Dominica following the devastating earthquake which struck China on Monday.
In a letter to the Chinese Premier dated May 13, 2008, Prime Minister Skerrit wrote in part :
” We are confident that the resilience demonstrated by your Government and People in the face of past disasters will be brought to the fore, as you seek to restore normalcy in your country.
“The Government and People of the Commonwealth of Dominica stand in solidarity with the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China, and are ready to assist in whatever way we can.
” Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your people at this time of national disaster.
“I extend best wishes for your country’s speedy recovery efforts, and wish to convey the deepest condolences of my Government and People to your Government and People as well as the bereaved families….”
On hearing news of the earthquake, Prime Minister Skerrit visited the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Dominica and expressed his condolences as well as that of his Government to China’s Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency, Deng Boqing.
Meanwhile none of the fifty-four(54) Dominican students who are studying in China on full university scholarships have been affected by Monday’s tragedy.