Hungary has expressed its condolences to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack which took place on Thursday afternoon.
There were 13 people killed and more than 100 injured when a van drove through a crowd of people in Barcelona on Thursday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President Áder and Hungary's speaker of the National Assembly have sent their condolences to their Spanish counterparts on behalf of the Hungarian people.
PM Orbán sent a telegram of condolence to Mariano Rajoy, his Spanish counterpart. The prime minister said he was “shocked” to hear of the attack and expressed his sympathy on behalf of the Hungarian people to the families of the victims and wished those injured in the attack a speedy recovery.
“This horrible attack strengthens our conviction that the most important task over the coming period will be restoring the security of Europe and the European people,” PM Orbán wrote. The prime minister assured his Spanish colleague that the Hungarian government would continue to support Europe’s fight against terrorism.
President Áder expressed sympathy for the families of the victims and wished people injured in the attack a speedy recovery. The president underlined that Hungary and the rest of the European Union would continue to play an active role in the international fight against “destructive violence”.
House Speaker László Kövér expressed his sympathy to Ana Pastor, speaker of Spain’s Congress of Deputies, and Senate President Pio Garcia Escudero. Hungary “strongly condemns such mindless and inhumane acts” and assures Spain of its “far-reaching support” in the fight against terrorism.
The foreign ministry also condemned the “cowardly” attack. In a statement, it said that Hungary’s consulate general in Barcelona is constantly in contact with Spanish authorities and would provide any consular assistance needed to Hungarians in the city and family members enquiring about loved ones. The ministry said it was unaware of any Hungarians among the victims of the attack.