YEREVAN(Public Radio of Armenia) — President Serzh Sarkisian has sent a telegram sending condolences to Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, and to the people of Beligum over the blasts in Brussels airport and metro stations this morning that claimed tens of innocent lives, President’s Press Office reports.
“At this difficult moment I offer my condolences and support to you, the friendly people of Belgium and the relatives of the victims, wishing them strength of spirit and patience,” the President said.
“Armenia strongly condemns any expression of terrorism and is committed to contributing to the international struggle against that evil,” the President’s message reads.
In addition, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed their solidary with the Belgian people. “Shocked by attacks in Brussels, we express our solidarity with Belgian people. Our thoughts are with families and friends of the victims,” the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Armenian diplomats in Brussels and the delegation of the National Assembly have not suffered as a result of the blasts in the city, Spokesman for the Armenian ministry of Foreign Affairs Tigran Balayan said in a Twitter post.
Several explosions struck Brussels airport and the metro system, causing at least 13 deaths, Belgian media say.
Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT).
An hour later, an explosion hit Maalbeek metro station, close to the EU institutions. The airport and whole metro system have been closed.
The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris attacks, was captured in Brussels.
The Belgian government has confirmed casualties at the airport but has given no numbers. The cause of the explosions is unknown.
Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.
The Armenian Embassy in Brussels has set up hotlines after several explosions struck the Belgian capital this morning.
Citizens of the Republic of Armenia that suffered as a result of the Brussels attacks can call +32.2.3484406.
For information about relatives or friends at the Brussels airport call +32.2.7537300.