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Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
President Johannes Rau
Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer
Ambassador to the US Wolfgang Ischinger
September 11, 2001

The President
The White House
Washington DC

Dear Mr. President:

It was with horror that I learned of the abominable terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington in which so many innocent people have lost their lives.

My government staunchly condemns these acts of terrorism. The German people are at the side of the United States of America in this difficult hour.

I wish to express my deep-felt condolences and complete solidarity to you and the American people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

Gerhard Schröder
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

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The President of the United States of America
Mr. George W. Bush
Washington D.C.

Mr. President:

It was with horror and deep shock that I learned of the disaster which today hit your citizens and your country. What happened in New York and Washington is incomprehensible.

I would like to extend to you, the victims' families and the entire American people my heartfelt condolences.

Sincerely,
Johannes Rau
President of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Berlin, September 11, 2001
Colin Powell
Secretary of State
The Department of State
Washington, DC

Dear Colin,

In stunned horror, we are watching the images and news from Washington and New York. We feel for the victims and their families. Germany stands by the American people in the face of this terrible crime.

With deep-felt sympathy,

Yours,
Joschka Fischer

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Washington, D.C., September 11, 2001
Colin Powell
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We were shocked and horrified to watch the terrorist attacks on the United States unfold this morning. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the American people.

The German Government and the German people want to help you in any way we can, with both moral and practical support. We are already in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and other U.S. institutions in Germany, including the U.S. Armed Forces, to ensure the protection of U.S. installations on German territory.

As concerns concrete support in the aftermath and rescue efforts, the German Government is prepared to fly in any special engineering equipment you may need, including the respective personnel.

Point of contact for any requests Department of State may have in this matter is Harald Braun, Minister for Political Affairs.

Wolfgang Ischinger
Ambassador

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