International reactions to Iran plane crash

International reactions to Iran plane crash
ID : N-1302 Date : 2018/02/19 - 10:51

(Persia Digest) – International reactions to the crash of a passenger plane in Iran are pouring in. The US Secretary of State has tweeted his condolences in Persian, saying: “We were very sorry to hear about the plane crash in our virtual embassy in Iran. We send our condolences to the people of Iran and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.”

The EU also issued a statement, saying: “Many lives were lost in the crash of the passenger plane in Iran. The EU extends its deepest condolences to the families of victims in their darkest hour.”

Stefan Zibert, spokesman of the German government also sent a condolence message to Iran on Sunday for the plane that crashed en route from Tehran to Yasuj, the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. Earlier, the German Ambassador to Iran also tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the plane crash near Semirom in Isfahan Province. Germany ready to help.”

Russian President, Valdimir Putin, was among the first to offer his condolences to the Iranian President: "Russia grieves together with those who lost families and friends in the tragedy and wishes them courage and strength in this dark hour," reported the Kremlin press service.

Azertac also reported on the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev’s message to the Iranian President: “I was deeply saddened by the news of heavy casualties as a result of a passenger plane crash in your country. On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to you, the families and loved ones of those who died, and the people of Iran.”

UN General Secretary’s message also reads: “The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic airplane accident today near Yasuj, Iran. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Persia Digest reports that on the morning of 18 February 2018, an ATR passenger plane carrying 59 people left Tehran for Yausj in southern Iran, crashing near Semirom.  All passengers and crew (65 people) lost their lives in the crash. Despite rescue efforts, the wreckage has not been found yet.

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