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03 November, 2001
President Kostis Stephanopoulos received a letter from U.S. President George W. Bush, thanking him for his letter of condolences for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"On September 11, 2001, freedom was attacked but freedom will be defended. The common values and the determination of our peoples are crucial for rooting out terrorism all over the planet. I look forward to working with you to meet this difficult challenge. The struggle might be long but we draw strength and determination from your solidarity and support," President Bush said in his letter.
The U.S. president further said these "savage acts were attacks on freedom and constitute a warning for all the civilized world". The Americans, he added, are grateful for the expressions of friendship and support by Greece in the wake of these disastrous events, as well as for Greece's offer to help in rescue efforts.
President Bush extended his condolences to the families of Greeks who were victims of the tragedy and noted that according to the U.S. State Department 12 Greeks have been confirmed dead and 19 missing so far.
"The Americans are grieving together with the people of Greece and other countries on the planet over the sorrow for this loss of loved ones by the hands of terrorists," President Bush said in his letter.
Source: Athens News Agency