The AA of North and East Syria sent on Friday two separate condolence telegrams to the Iraqi President Barham Saleh, the Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and all the Iraqi people, and issued a statement to the public opinion in which they offered condolences to the victims of the sinking of the ferry on Thursday during the celebration of Newroz Day.
The text of the two telegrams is below,
"Mr. Barham Saleh, the president of Iraq Republic
Mr. Adel Abdul Mahdi, the president of the government of Iraq Republic
With great sorrow, we received the news of the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the city of Mosul and it caused; drowning and death of dozens of people during the celebration of Newroz Day, most of them were children and women in addition to the loss of dozens of others.
On behalf of the AA, we convey to you and the families of the victims and the people of Iraq our deepest condolences, asking God to inspire them with patience and tolerance, rest the victims' souls, return the missing peacefully and protect you and the people of Iraq from all evil and harm. The Almighty God hears all and answers all."
The text of the statement,
"At a time when all our people were celebrating Newroz, we received the news of the death of nearly 100 people in the tourist ferry that was carrying families to the island of Om al-Rebiyeen in the center of the Tigris River in the forest area in Mosul, where the victims who died in this painful incident were mostly women and children. As the AA in North and East Syria as well as our people, we felt pain and injury for the great disaster suffered by the neighboring Iraq state.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and share with them the great pain of losing their children. We also wish patience and solace for the families of the victims and recovery for the injured. We hope to find the missing soon. On this painful occasion, we express our condolences on behalf of our people with various components to Iraq and wish to overcome this ordeal believing in God's destiny."