26 December 2003

Bush Says U.S. Ready to Help Earthquake Victims in Iran

President and First Lady saddened by loss of life and damage in city of Bam

The White House issued the following statement following news of a devastating earthquake that struck the city of Bam in Iran:

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Office of the Press Secretary
(Crawford, Texas)
December 26, 2003


Laura and I heard this morning of the earthquake centered in the city of Bam, Iran. We are greatly saddened by the loss of life, injuries, and widespread damage to this ancient city. I extend my condolences to all those touched by this tragedy. The thoughts of all Americans are with the victims and their families at this time, and we stand ready to help the people of Iran.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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