Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó conveyed his country’s sympathies over the victims of the deadly forest fires raging in Chile to his Chilean counterpart on Monday, 5 February.
In an open letter to Chilean Foreign Minister Alberto van Klaveren Stork, which he shared with the Hungarian news agency MTI, Minister Szijjártó said it was with ‘great dismay’ that he had learned of the devastating fires in central Chile’s Valparaiso region.
‘Let me express the solidarity of Hungary in this difficult situation to You, and above all, to the victims and their families as well as to the citizens of Chile,’
he wrote. He then hailed the firefighters ‘who have fought heroically against the flames,’ as well as the military’s efforts to protect civilians. He said: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered losses, and I wish them all the strength to process this tragedy’.
More than 110 people have died in the fires that broke out in the Valparaiso region on Friday. This is the deadliest forest fire on record in Chile’s history—President Gabriel Boric has declared a state of emergency to try to get the situation under control.
Sources: MTI/Hungarian Conservative