Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on behalf of the government of Laos on Monday sent “a message of deepest sympathy” to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, over the mass shooting that took place in Christchurch on March 15.
Carried by Lao media outlets including state-run print media Vientiane Times and KPL Lao News Agency, the English version of the PM’s statement read:
“We are deeply shocked to learn about the mass shooting in the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on March 15, which caused tremendous loss of life and left many people wounded.”
“On behalf of the Lao government and people, I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to Your Excellency, and the government and people of New Zealand, particularly the families of the victims of this tragic incident.”
“The Lao PDR strongly condemns this act of terrorism and stands with the international community in the fight against international terrorism in order to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world.”
“I am confident that under Your Excellency’s leadership, the government and people of New Zealand will be able to overcome this tragedy and restore life to normal.”