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Fijian PM sends condolences to Brazilian president over deadly fire

SUVA, Jan. 30 — Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a letter of condolence to Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff on the nightclub fire in Brazil that claimed more than 230 lives, Fiji's Ministry of Information said Wednesday.

"On behalf of the government and people of Fiji, I express my deepest condolences regarding the tragic fire that occurred in the nightclub in Santa Maria early Sunday morning that claimed over 230 innocent young lives," Bainimarama said.

"It is with great sadness that I send you this message as the New Year has just begun and many of these young victims were probably just looking forward to another year of studies and personal development and other planned activities."

Through a diplomatic note issued from Fiji's Foreign Ministry and Fiji's embassy in Brasilia, Bainimarama reaffirmed Fiji's commitment and support towards the government and people of Brazil during this period, said a statement from Fiji's Ministry of Information.

"We convey our wishes for a quick recovery to those who were injured and my government is ready to provide you and your people with whatever assistance that may be required," Bainimarama said, "Madam President, at this difficult time, our thoughts over those who passed away weigh heavily in our hearts in Fiji and our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families of the victims and all the Brazilian people."

Brazil was marking a 3-day mourning period for those that lost their lives, with authorities citing the use of cheap fireworks as the main cause of the fire in the southern city of Santa Maria. (PNA/Xinhua)


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