Trump Expresses Condolences to Mexican President after Earthquake
A week after Mexico experienced an earthquake that killed scores of people, U.S. President Donald Trump called his Mexican counterpart to express his sympathy.
The White House said Thursday in a statement Trump called Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto "to extend his condolences for the lives lost and homes destroyed due to the earthquake..."
Trump, describing his conversation with the Mexican leader, told reporters on Air Force One, "That whole earthquake is terrible. We paid our respects."
Trump said on his Twitter account that he had been unable to reach Pena Nieto for three days because of sketchy cell phone reception in the earthquake area in southern Mexico where the Mexican president was visiting.
The White House said Trump expressed his "solidarity with the government and people of Mexico as both our countries respond to the recent spate of natural disasters."
Pena Nieto said last week the earthquake was the biggest Mexico has experienced in more than 100 years and declared three days on national mourning.
Twin Attacks Kill at Least 60 in Southern Iraq
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for gun and car bomb attacks that killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq Thursday.
More than 80 people were also wounded in the attacks near Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhiqar province, officials said.
Militants opened fire at a restaurant and shortly afterwards a suicide attack carried out by a driver in an explosive-laden vehicle struck a nearby security checkpoint, officers said.
Three of the dead were police officers, while a number of others were Iranians, many of them pilgrims dining at the restaurant while en route to visit religious shrines.
In its statement claiming responsibility for the attack, Islamic State said it had killed "dozens" of Shi'ites.
The Shi'ite-dominated Dhiqar province is 320 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.