|Foreign Minister spokesman Lê Hải Bình. — File Photo|
HÀ NỘI Viet Nam News -— Việt Nam was deeply saddened after receiving the news that an explosion occurred yesterday killing at least 100 and injuring many others in India’s Kerala state, said Foreign Minister spokesman Lê Hải Bình.
The spokesman expressed his sorrow yesterday when asked about Việt Nam’s reaction to the deadly incident, the result of a fireworks explosion that ripped through a Hindu temple in southern India while thousands of devotees watched the show during a religious festival.
Bình also said Việt Nam would like to share its hope that the Government and people of India, as well as the families of the victims, can overcome their grief.
Bình said that immediately after learning about the incident, the Foreign Ministry instructed the Embassy of Việt Nam in India to determine whether there were any Vietnamese victims.
The Vietnamese Embassy in India reported that no information suggests that Vietnamese citizens were killed or injured.
Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh sent condolences to Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Foreign Minister. — VNS