Singapore leaders ship condolences to Indonesian counterparts following Sriwijaya Air crash

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s leaders on Monday (Jan 11) despatched their condolences to their Indonesian counterparts on the crash of a Sriwijaya Air flight on Saturday, the Ministry of International Affairs (MFA) stated.
Singapore President Halimah Yacob wrote to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo that she was “deeply saddened to be taught” of the downing of flight SJ182.
“On behalf of the individuals of Singapore, I prolong my heartfelt sympathies to the individuals of Indonesia on this time of grief,” stated President Halimah. READ: Indonesia says divers closing in on black boxes from crashed Sriwijaya Air jet READ: Sriwijaya Air airplane ‘probably ruptured’ when it hit the waters: Indonesian investigator
In his letter to President Widodo, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated: “Our condolences and ideas exit to the individuals of Indonesia throughout this troublesome time. Singapore is able to help with the continuing search and restoration efforts if required by Indonesia.”
Singapore’s International Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan additionally wrote to his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.
“Please don’t hesitate to let me know if we could be of help,” he stated.
MFA stated on Sunday there have been no reports of Singaporeans on board the downed plane, which carried 62 passengers together with 10 youngsters.
Indonesian navy divers on Monday had been closing in on the airplane’s black packing containers, which might provide essential clues as to why the Boeing 737-500 plunged about 10,000ft in lower than a minute earlier than slamming into the Java Sea.
The airplane was on a home flight to Pontianak on Borneo island, about 740km from Jakarta, earlier than it disappeared from radar screens.

This data comes from MediaIntel.Asia's Media Intelligence and Media Monitoring Platform.

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