Vietnamese leaders have deeply condoled the tragic crash of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine and expressed sympathy over the tragedy which has claimed 298 lives.
President Truong Tan Sang on Friday sent a message of condolences to Malaysian King Apdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, while Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh offered sympathies to their Malaysian counterparts Najib Tun Razak and Anifa Hj Aman, respectively.
Dung also sent his condolences to Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, which had the largest number of people killed in the accident, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The same day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh told reporters Vietnam is extremely mournful over the tragedy.
“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the governments and people of countries whose citizens were killed in the accident as well as families of the victims,” he said.
MH17 was reportedly brought down by a missile over eastern Ukraine late on Thursday night. All 298 people on board, among them nationals from at least a dozen countries, were killed.
Malaysia Airlines and relevant governments said the passengers included 192 Dutch, 29 Malaysians, 28 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Vietnamese, three Filipinos and one person each from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong.