Laos extends condolences over Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 that crashed in the east of Ukraine on July 17, 2014

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saleumxay Kommasith represented the Lao government in expressing the nation’s sadness over the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine.

Accompanied by other senior officials, Saleumxay Kommasith signed a condolence book at the Malaysian Embassy in Vientiane, expressing profound sadness over the deaths of all those aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17.

According to his note, “On behalf of the people of Laos, I would like to express my deepest condolences over the tragic accident involving the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 that crashed in the east of Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 passengers including 43 Malaysian citizens and crew members.” He said, “I would like to share this moment of sadness and my heartfelt sympathies with the government and people of Malaysia,”

Last week, Prime Minister, Thongsing Thammavong also sent messages of condolence to his Malaysian, Indonesian and Australian counterparts concerning the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

In his message to the prime ministers of the three counties, the Lao Premier said he had learnt with profound sadness about the tragic accident involving Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, enroute from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The crash killed all 298 passengers and crew members onboard including 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians and 12 Indonesian citizens.

He said, “On behalf of the Lao government and people, I would like to convey my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you, the Government of Malaysia and the bereaved families of those killed in this accident. “We pray that the souls of the victims rest in peace.”

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on 23/07/2014