Tonga – Sinking of the “Princess Ashika” ferry – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, 6 August 2009
We were extremely shocked to learn of the sinking of the “Princess Ashika” ferry yesterday off the Tongan coast near Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, which killed several people, with around 30 others reported missing.
In these tragic circumstances, France extends her sincere condolences to the victims’ families and close friends. She expresses her sympathy and solidarity to the Tongan people and authorities./.