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Embassy confirms Kuwaiti citizen's death in Egypt's plane crash

PARIS, May 19 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Embassy in France affirmed that a Kuwaiti citizen was among the passengers on board of the Egyptian plane which crashed earlier Thursday before arriving in Cairo.
An EgyptAir flight, with 56 passengers and 10 staff members, left Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for Cairo late Wednesday and the plane lost contact with radar some hours after taking off. When the embassy learnt that a Kuwaiti citizen was on the plane's board, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah instructed the embassy to make necessarily sure of this news, the embassy said in a statement.
"Embassy's officials contacted concerned bodies in France. Also There was coordination between the Kuwaiti and French Foreign Ministries and finally it was confirmed that the Kuwaiti national, Abdulmohsen Mohammad Jaber Al-Mutairi, was among passengers of the plane, the statement added.
As a result, the embassy contacted the family of Al-Mutairi that was in Paris for treatment, it said, noting that Ambassador Sami Al-Suleiman and a consular affairs official visited the family to express their condolences and sympathy.
They stressed that Kuwaiti government's follow-up this matter, it noted, indicating that the embassy put its capabilities at the services of the family which will return home on Friday.
On a similar note, the embassy delivered a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled to his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, expressing condolences of the Kuwaiti government to the families of victims, and sympathy with the French people and government in these difficult conditions. Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande announced earlier today that cooperation between France and Egypt led to the fact that the plane crashed. (end) mmb.hm