PRESIDENT BUSH, FIRST LADY AND TWO FORMER
PRESIDENTS VISIT THE SRI LANKAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Express Deep and Heartfelt Condolences
and Reiterate Fullest Assistance in This Hour of Need
President George W. Bush signing the Condolence Book.
( L-R) Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ambassador
Subasinghe, Mrs. Helga Wurzer-Subasinghe and First Lady Mrs. Laura
In an unprecedented show of solidarity, President George W.
Bush accompanied by the First Lady Laura Bush, former Presidents
George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton called on the Embassy of Sri
Lanka in Washington DC this morning. They were received by HE
the Ambassador for Sri Lanka Devinda R. Subasinghe and Mrs Helga-Wurzer
Subasinghe. The first Lady presented a white bouquet of flowers
to Mrs Subasinghe in a symbolic gesture of condolence. President
George W. Bush who announced a nationwide charitable fundraising
effort to be led by former President George H.W. Bush and former
President Bill Clinton to aid victims of last week's earthquake
and tsunamis in South Asia on Monday, January 3, 2005, had praised
both Presidents for taking time out of their busy schedules to
not only serve as a catalyst for the American people to give money
to help, but also to join him and the First Lady in paying their
deepest respects to those nations that have been affected by the
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in conversation with
President Bush stated that the US is very much committed in Sri
Lanka for the long haul restoration of the country and would assist
in every possible way. US assistance, he mentioned is a true bi-partisan
endeavour as reflected by the role to be played by former Presidents
Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
President George W. Bush studies a map of Sri Lanka with Ambassador
Subasinghe. First Lady Laura Bush,
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush look on
The President , Mrs Bush, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill
Clinton conveyed their deep condolences and Best Wishes to President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as she leads the country in
the aftermath of a natural disaster.
First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush signs the Condolence Book. Mrs.
Helga Wurzer-Subasinghe look on
At the invitation of the Ambassador, before leaving the Embassy,
the dignitaries spoke with all members of the staff, individually
and in particular offered condolences to a member of the staff
who had lost her parents and a sister during the disaster.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
03 January 2005