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Govt Officials Express Condolences over Sri Lanka Attacks

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.22.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed his condolences to his Sri Lankan counterpart over the Easter Sunday attacks on the Indian Ocean island, the PM’s press chief told MTI.

Hungary remains a committed partner in the global fight against terrorism and religious extremism, the prime minister wrote in his letter to Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Orbán said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear about the attacks.

On behalf of the Hungarian people, Orbán extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the hundreds of people injured in “these vile attacks”.

The prime minister expressed Hungary’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka “in these difficult hours of mourning”.

Seven registered Hungarian citizens are ok

Speaking to public current affairs channel M1, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said the attacks had “proven once again” that terrorists were deliberately targeting worshippers, and specifically Christians.

“This time, the terrorists attacked believers during prayer service, which is an extremely ruthless act,” he said.

Szijjártó expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

Hungary’s foreign ministry has opened an emergency phone line for any Hungarians who may have been affected by the attack, Szijjártó said.

The ministry knows of seven Hungarian citizens who have registered for consular protection in Sri Lanka, none of whom were injured in the blasts, he added.

The foreign ministry has also condemned the attacks.

“Multiple blasts specifically targeted the Christian community’s Easter church celebrations,” the ministry said in a statement, calling the attacks “an indescribably heinous act”.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and those injured,” the statement said.

The citizens of Hungary stand with the Sri Lankan people

President János Áder, in a letter to his Sri Lankan counterpart, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Sunday’s bomb attacks at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka.

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the brutal acts of terror carried out in four of Sri Lanka’s cities that tragically claimed the lives of so many peaceful people,” Áder wrote in his letter to Maithripala Sirisena.

The citizens of Hungary stand with the people of Sri Lanka “in these difficult hours of mourning”, Áder wrote. The president expressed Hungary’s commitment to the global fight against terrorism and religious extremism.

Áder wished a speedy recovery to those injured in “these vile attacks”.

More than 200 people were killed and 450 injured in the Easter Sunday blasts that hit four hotels and three churches.