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Barbados sends well wishes to US

Government and the Opposition have united in expressing sympathy and support to the United States government and people affected by deadly storm Sandy.

Both Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and St. Michael North East MP Mia Mottley spoke on the issue when the House of Assembly met today.

Stuart said the island’s “great diplomatic ally” had “gone through a terrible challenge within the last few hours”.

“It has wreaked severe devastation on the North East of that country and I want to take this opportunity to let the people of the United States of America know that the sympathies of the people of Barbados and the Government of Barbados are with them during this very trying period,” he said.

“I want to wish the president and his cabinet all well as they try to deal with this huge challenge. The United States … has not faced a natural disaster challenge like this for a very long time.

“In fact, I think the challenge faced with Hurricane Katrina is really child’s play by comparison to what the United States had to deal with last night and is dealing with today and I therefore think that it is important that we place on the record the solidarity of the Government and people of Barbados with the government and people of the United States … as they face what is in fact a daunting challenge.

“But we are talking about a country that is resilient, we are talking about people that are courageous, people who have taken history by the scruff of its neck and dragged it in the direction in which they have wanted to carry it and we don’t underestimate their capacity to deal with this challenge and to come out of it a stronger nation than before the challenge presented itself,” he added.

Mottley shared these sentiments, and said she believed that she was especially touched by the fact that “all Barbadians stand united in extending our sympathy, [and] prayers to the American government”.

“No matter how large you are, tragedy is tragedy,” she said. She noted there were a number of people who were now either homeless or dislocated as result of the storm, which American officials said had claimed 39 lives. (SC)

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