Latin American countries offer condolences to Turkey

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Latin American countries offered condolences to Turkey for the victims of a mine explosion in Barten state, which killed 41 people.

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Venezuela, El Salvador, Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Panama and Cuba have sent messages of condolence and solidarity with Turkey and the families of the victims.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted: “From Venezuela, we express our solidarity with the Turkish people and our friend, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following the unfortunate tragedy that occurred as a result of a mine explosion in Barten, which unfortunately caused loss of life. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims.”

For her part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, expressed her condolences through her Twitter account and wished a speedy recovery to all the injured.

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In turn, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on his Twitter account, “We offer our sincere condolences to the people and government of Turkey for the loss of life and injuries as a result of the mine explosion in Barten.”

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed, through its Twitter account, the condolences of the Mexican people and their government and their solidarity with Turkey and the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident.

Similar messages of condolence and solidarity were also issued by the foreign ministries of Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia and Panama.

And on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the death toll from the Barten mine explosion had risen to 41.

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Energy Minister Fatih Donmez had announced that preliminary investigations showed that the explosion that occurred Friday was caused by a gas leak.