APS : WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika received Wednesday messages of condolences from many heads of State following the crash of a military aircraft,
near the air base of Boufarik (35 Km south of Algiers), killing 257 people, 10 of whom crew members.
Expressing his “great consternation,” the King Felipe VI of Spain wrote in a message to President Bouteflika “I wish to convey, in my own name, in the name of the government and the Spanish people, my deepest feelings of regret.”
“In these difficult times, the Queen and I wish to convey our full support to and solidarity with the families” of the victims.
President Sergio Mattarela of Italy expressed “profound sadness” in his message, stressing that his country “is especially close to the Algerian friendly people and shares his bereavement with deep emotion.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his message of condolences, “following the serious incident, we are ready to provide all kinds of support to our Algerian friendly people, in case of need.”
Hungary’s president, Janos Ader, said he learned “with great consternation and profound sadness” the tragic accident in which many Algerian citizens lost their lives.”
President Macky Sall of Senegal said he was “very saddened” to learn about the death of many Algerian militaries as a result of the crash of a plane.
President Sall paid tribute “to the memory of the victims,” expressing “his deep compassion to their families.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a message of condolences to the head of State in which he expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.