Baird and Fantino Extend Condolences to those Affected by Earthquake in Sichuan, China

April 20, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of China, especially those who have lost family members or friends. We also wish those injured in this disaster a speedy recovery.

“Canada stands ready to assist China if requested.”

The Embassy of Canada in Beijing and the Consulate General in Chongqing are working with Chinese authorities to determine whether any Canadians have been injured in the earthquake. To date, we have not received any reports that Canadians have been affected, although officials in Ottawa, Beijing and Chongqing stand ready to provide consular assistance.

Canadian citizens in the region requiring emergency consular assistance should call the Consulate General of Canada in Chongqing at +86 23 6373 8007 or Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at +1 613 996 8885, or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca

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