Canada Offers Condolences After Ethiopian Airlines Crash

(No. 43 – January 26, 2010 – 7:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement offering condolences after the crash Sunday of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft off the coast of Lebanon:

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to offer my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the crash of Flight 409. During this difficult time, my thoughts are also with the family of the Canadian citizen believed to have been on this flight.

"Canada commends the efforts of the Lebanese government and the United Nations rescue workers for their immediate response."

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