Latvia offers condolences to UK over Manchester atrocity

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Leading Latvian figures offered condolences to the United Kingdom May 23 following a suspected terrorist attack in Manchester in the north of England.

22 people are known to have died with dozens injured after an explosion outside a concert venue in the city.

President Raimonds Vejonis led the way, tweeting:

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis followed suit:

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said:

Later a statement was released saying Rinkēvičs had written a message of condolence to Boris Johnson, the UK's foreign minister, saying:

“On this tragic day, Latvia Latvia stands shoulder to shoulder with the entire British nation. Such acts of violence can never be justified, and are nothing but condemnable. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims and wish a soon recovery to the injured.”

The Latvian embassy in the UK also expressed its support for victims of the attack.

For Latvians in the UK or requiring consular assistance, the Latvian Embassy in the UK and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have set up telephone hotlines. However, initial indications are that no Latvians are among the victims, Rinkevics said.


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