Hungary expresses condolences over Portugal forest fire disaster – UPDATE
The Hungarian foreign ministry expressed condolences over the forest fire in central Portugal that has killed at least 62 people, on Sunday.
The ministry said it learnt with shock about the disaster.
It expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured.
Hungary’s embassy in Lisbon is in close contact with local authorities in monitoring developments, the ministry said, adding that it had no information about any Hungarian victims.
President Áder expresses condolences
President János Áder expressed condolences in a letter sent to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Monday over the forest fires that have claimed 62 lives.
Áder said he was “shaken” to learn about the casualties and damage the fires in Leiria region have caused.
The president expressed sympathies to the relatives of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“We share your country’s grief and stand by Portugal in these difficult times”, Áder said in the letter.
House Speaker expresses condolences
László Kövér, the speaker of Hungary’s parliament, also expressed condolences in a letter sent to Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the president of the Portuguese parliament.
Kövér said that he was shocked to learn about the disaster that had claimed several lives.
He expressed his deepest sympathies on behalf of the Hungarian people to the relatives of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
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