PM shares grief with France and BrazilJune 2nd, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday condoled the loss of lives in the Air France jetliner tragedy and in separate letters to President Nikolas Sarkozy of France and President Lula da Silva of Brazil expressed grief over the tragedy.
“I am deeply distressed to hear about the tragedy that has struck Air France’s Flight AF 447 which was on its way from Brazil to France. On behalf of the people and government of India, I convey our most sincere condolences on the terrible incident which has affected the lives of so many innocent men, women and children,” the prime minister said.
“Our best wishes and prayers are with you at this moment as investigations are carried out and the full picture emerges. We pray for strength to the families whose loved ones were travelling on the flight to bear this senseless and tragic loss, and we share your pain and sorrow.”
The aircraft, with 228 people from 32 countries on board, went missing Monday and it is feared that it crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. The plane was en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Search efforts have been mounted to zero in on the wreckage. However, Sarkozy said in Paris the chances of finding any survivors were “very slim”.