Honduran president, foreign reps offer condolences after earthquake

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Honduran president, foreign reps offer condolences after earthquake

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Wednesday offered condolences to everyone impacted by the earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday from Taiwan's Central American diplomatic ally.

"On behalf on all Honduran people, I extend my deepest sympathy to the people of Taiwan, especially the families affected by the earthquake. President Tsai, our sincere support to you," Hernandez wrote in Spanish in his latest tweet.

In Taipei, Honduran ambassador to Taiwan, Rafa Sierra, said on his Facebook page that all Honduras is praying for Taiwan, especially those affected by the magnitude 6.0 earthquake. "May God bless you."



Several foreign representative offices in Taiwan also offered condolences to the Taiwan government on their Facebook pages, including Kin Moy, the de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan and Catherine Nettleton, the UK's top envoy in Taipei.

"On behalf of my American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) family and my colleagues in the U.S. Government, I want to let all the people affected by the earthquake know that you are in our thoughts today," AIT head Moy said. AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

"We are following events very closely and have been in touch with Taiwan authorities to offer assistance, if necessary. The United States stands by Taiwan," he added.

Other than offering sincere condolences, British Office in Taipei Representative Nettleton said in a Facebook post that she has also spoken to the Taiwanese authorities on behalf of the British government and they are willing to offering any assistance needed.



In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed gratitude to these foreign governments.

Other than Honduras, U.S. and U.K., Canada, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and St. Lucia, have all expressed condolences in the wake of the earthquake as of Wednesday noon, according to a MOFA statement.

Meanwhile, the ministry urged foreign nationals in Taiwan to call its 24/7 toll-free hotline 0800-085-095 should they require assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake, according to the statement.

Individuals can check the following two websites at www.emic.gov.tw and www.facebook.com/NFA999/ to keep up to date with the latest developments in the aftermath of the quake, it added.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday has left at least four people dead, 243 injured and 85 unaccounted for, according to the latest report released by Hualien County's disaster response center.



(By Joseph Yeh)
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