White House releases condolence message on Soma mining disaster
People mourn the victims of the Some mine disaster in front of the White House, in Washington, May 14. AA PhotoThe White House has released a press statement extending condolences to Turkey over the mine explosion in the Turkish town of Soma, which has claimed at least 282 victims.
“On behalf of the American people, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and our best wishes for the safe exit of the remaining miners,” said the statement published on the White House’s website May 15.
“Turkey is a close and longstanding friend and ally of the United States. We are ready to assist the Turkish government if necessary, and we will continue to stand together in this time of tragedy,” the statement added.
A day earlier, the National Security Council (NSC) issued the first message of condolences on behalf of the U.S. administration on the tragedy. “Heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in Manisa mine collapse. Our thoughts are with people of Turkey and those still trapped,” the message said.
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone also published a statement via his embassy’s Twitter account on May 14. “We have been following the mining disaster and related news in Soma with great sorrow. On behalf of the U.S. people, I offer my deepest condolences to families and relatives of those who lost their lives,” Ricciardone said.