- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001

Polish remembrance

The Polish Embassy last night held an "evening of reflection, remembrance and solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States."

Ambassador Przemyslaw Grudzinski said, "This tragedy touched deeply every one of us. It is as if we all have lost someone close.

The dramatic minutes of September 11th will have left a lasting impression in the hearts, minds and souls of people around the world.

"This tragedy, though it may have struck New York and Washington, has dealt a blow close to each and every one of us, to all those who share the common values of democracy and peace," Mr. Grudzinski added.

"We Poles know how these values must be cherished and that they do not come easy."

He noted that throughout Polish history "our common heroes" have carried banner with the words, "For your freedom and ours."

"That phrase has not lost any of its meaning," the ambassador said, "To the contrary. Today, we are all Americans. We are all citizens of America."

A book of condolences signed by his guests will be delivered to the White House.


'Profoundly shocked'

Japanese Ambassador Shunji Yanai says the "government and people of Japan have been profoundly shocked" by the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Mr. Yanai, in his second public comment on the attacks, released his statement in conjunction with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's announcement in Tokyo of several measures Japan will take to assist any U.S. military response.

"We deeply mourn for the victims and express our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to their families and friends," Mr. Yanai said in an e-mail message this week.

"Our government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the government of the United States in its outrage over these barbaric attacks and in its determination to do whatever possible to rid the world of the scourge of terrorism."

He added that Mr. Koizumi on Wednesday met with U.S. Ambassador Howard Baker to present a $10 million donation to relief efforts in New York and at the Pentagon.

"This donation was made out of sympathy to the victims at large and, in particular, in respect for the policemen, firefighters and other emergency personnel who lost their lives," Mr. Yanai said.

Mr. Koizumi also announced that the Japanese military will provide medical, intelligence, transportation and other support to a U.S. strike force.

The ambassador last week sent a letter to guests he had invited to a farewell reception that was scheduled for yesterday.

Mr. Yanai, who expected to return to Tokyo next month, explained he was canceling the affair because of the terrorist attacks.


Canada's support

Canadian Foreign Minister John Manley will express his country's "clear support" for the United States in the war on terrorism when he meets today with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

Mr. Manley and Mr. Powell also will discuss preparations for a meeting Monday between President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

"I'll want to reiterate to [Mr. Powell] Canada's clear support in this battle against international terrorism," Mr. Manley told reporters in Canada yesterday.

He said he has consulted with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. As many as 40 Canadians are believed to have died in the attack on the World Trade Center.


Thanking Djibouti

The United States yesterday thanked the Djibouti for expressing solidarity after last week's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto met with President Ismail Omar Guelleh to pass on President Bush's appreciation, according to reports in the tiny country in the Horn of Africa.

Speculation in the Djibouti media focused on whether the United States wanted to use military bases in the strategically located nation on the Red Sea.

However, Foreign Minister Ali Abdi Farah, who was present at the meeting, told the Nation newspaper that Djibouti has received no such request from the United States.

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