Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday sent messages of condolence respectively to his Ethiopian and Kenyan counterparts, Sahle-Work Zewde and Uhuru Kenyatta, over the plane crash that killed all 157 passengers on board.
The Ethiopian Airways crashed Sunday morning six minutes after take-off in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa.
In his messages, Xi said he was shocked to hear about the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane and the massive casualties it caused, including Ethiopian, Kenyan and Chinese victims.
Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his own name, Xi expressed deep mourning for the victims.
Xi said that he believes the Ethiopian government is capable of properly handling the aftermath of the tragedy. He added that China would provide any necessary support and assistance.
Also on Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message to his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, offering his condolences over the plane crash.