Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on 25 April following the major earthquake in Nepal:
We are shocked and saddened by the terrible earthquake in Nepal. The severe shock waves were felt far beyond Nepal’s borders.
It is already evident that several hundred people lost their lives and that at least that number again were injured. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims.
It is not yet clear what assistance the Nepalese authorities now need. However, Germany stands ready to provide whatever support we can at this difficult time.
The Federal Foreign Office is in constant contact with the German Embassy in Kathmandu in order to gain an overview of the scale of the disaster and the actual damage as well as to establish the whereabouts of German nationals.