Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has sent a message to American President George W. Bush, expressing solidarity following the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in the south of the United States.
In the message, released, Thursday, September 1st, by Brazil’s Foreign Relations Ministry, Lula cited the “pungent images of desolation” in the city of New Orleans and added that “we Brazilians are ready and willing to participate in any international effort to assist those affected by this tragedy.”
This is the President’s message in its entirety:
“At this time of great sorrow, I wish to express the utmost solidarity of the Brazilian people and government to the North-American nation, in the face of the natural catastrophe that hit the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
“They are pungent images of desolation the ones coming to us from the historical city of New Orleans. We direct our thought above all to the fatal victims and their families, as well as to the great number of those afflicted.
“We want President Bush to know that we Brazilians are ready and willing to participate in any international effort to assist those affected by this tragedy.”