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“Inapprehensible Moments Of Grief” – Official Reactions To The Hungarian Bus Tragedy

By Tamás Székely // 2017.01.23.

“Losing young lives, our children, is always the hardest blow for every family, community and nation.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a statement released in connection with the tragic crash of the Hungarian bus in Italy on Friday night.

“I have instructed the Hungarian authorities to do everything they can to fully clarify the situation. In the inapprehensible moments of grief, my prayers are with the families and friends affected by this tragedy”, the Prime Minister added. He has also declared Monday a national day of mourning for those Hungarians who died in a bus accident in Italy overnight Friday.

Meanwhile Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni expressed his sympathy to all Hungarians in a telephone call to his Hungarian counterpart and assured him that the Italian ambulance services and health institutions were making every effort to provide the best possible service to the injured Hungarians. Viktor Orbán expressed his thanks for the information and for the Italian authorities’ work and asked his counterpart to foster cooperation between the Italian and Hungarian authorities in order to clarify the circumstances of the accident and transport the victims and the injured to Hungary.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at a press briefing that the leaders of several other countries have expressed their condolences and the Slovakian Foreign Minister had offered to put the Slovakian Government’s aeroplane at Hungary’s disposal if required. The Hungarian Foreign Minister thanked Slovakia for the offer, but indicated that the National Ambulance Service is ready to bring the injured home.

A bus carrying Hungarian students suffered an accident near Verona, Italy on Friday night. 16 people were killed and more than twenty were injured in the crash. Travelling on the bus were students, alumni, teachers and the family of one of the teachers from the Szinyei Merse Pál Secondary School in Budapest.

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