Floods: France expresses solidarity with Pakistan
France expressed solidarity with the people of Pakistan on Sunday as deadly floods cast a cloud over a visit to Paris by the suffering country's president.
More than 1,100 people have been killed and over 1.5 million affected by monsoon rains, floods and landslides in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and officials fear disease outbreaks will follow.
"I learned with great emotion of the tragic toll of floods in northwest Pakistan," said Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, one day before he and President Nicolas Sarkozy were to meet Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari.
"In these particularly painful circumstances, I would like to express France's solidarity with the Pakistani people and authorities. We fully support the European Union humanitarian aid effort," Kouchner added.
Zardari was due to arrive in Paris on Monday for a two day official visit.
© 2010 AFP