Chinese President Xi Jinping conveyed his heartfelt condolences to Morocco on Saturday, as the North African nation grapples with the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake. State media reported that President Xi sent his message of sympathy to King Mohammed VI in the wake of the disaster.
The devastating quake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck approximately 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of the popular tourist destination, Marrakesh, late Friday, resulting in a tragic death toll of at least 820 individuals.
Expressing his profound shock and sorrow over the calamity, President Xi remarked, “I am shocked to learn that a strong earthquake has occurred in your distinguished country, causing great casualties and property damage.” His sentiments were conveyed via China’s official broadcaster, CCTV.
“On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to express my deep grief for the victims and sincere condolences to the families,” President Xi added. He further expressed his confidence that, under the guidance of His Majesty the King, the Moroccan government and its resilient citizens would be able to surmount the challenges posed by this disaster and promptly commence the process of rebuilding their homeland.