Foreign Minister Gabriel issued the following statement today (18 June) on the devastating forest fires in the Leiria region in Portugal:
I am deeply shocked by the terrible news from Portugal. We have seen horrifying images of besieged villages and people killed in the inferno while trying to escape in their cars. This is the worst fire disaster in Portugal for many decades.
First thing this morning, I expressed our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, and offered him our help and support should it be required.