Cameron's 'huge admiration' for people of Christchurch

27th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday expressed his "huge admiration" for the people of earthquake-hit Christchurch as he met with his New Zealand counterpart in London.

The British leader told John Key that the Commonwealth nation had the "condolences and sympathy of everyone in Britain".

In addition, Cameron said Britain had "huge admiration for the grit and determination that the people had shown in putting that great city back together".

The 6.3-magnitude quake killed 166 people and destroyed many of the historic city's buildings when it struck on February 22.

Key thanked his host for Britain's contribution to the rescue effort.

"Your Search and Rescue team were absolutely outstanding," said Key. "Today we've been at a number of fundraising events for Christchurch, so the people of England are digging deep and we very much appreciate that."

Cameron said the pair would later discuss the ongoing unrest in Libya and Afghanistan along with "many other issues, economic and political".

© 2011 AFP

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