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Singapore leaders send condolences over AH5017 crash

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent their condolences to their counterparts in France, Algeria and Burkina Faso, over the tragic crash of Air Algerie flight AH5017. 

SINGAPORE: Singapore leaders have sent their condolences to their counterparts in France, Algeria and Burkina Faso, over the tragic crash of Air Algerie flight AH5017.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam wrote to French President Francois Hollande, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore to convey his sympathies.

In his letter to President Hollande, President Tan said Singapore's thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones so suddenly. He wished them strength and resolve to carry on through this difficult time of sorrow.

To Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President Tan offered his condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Algeria on the tragic loss of lives. He expressed similar condolences to President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso.

Separately, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also wrote to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to convey his condolences.

Mr Lee said he is deeply saddened to learn of the crash of the flight, which had more than 50 French nationals on board. He offered Singapore's condolences to Mr Valls, the families of the victims, and the French people on this tragedy.

He said: "Nothing will bring the victims back, but I hope that their families will find the courage and strength to overcome their grief."

AH5017 was travelling from Burkina Faso to Algiers when it crashed in the desert region of Gossi in Mali, killing 118 people.

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