"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on board Flight MH17. We stand with them in this hour of grief," he wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
All 298 people on board the plane were killed on Thursday after the jet was shot down by ‘terrorists’ over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it received notification from Ukrainian Air Traffic Control that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 at 1415 GMT (8:45 IST) at 30 km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50 km from the Russia-Ukraine border.
"Nearly 300 people died when a Malaysia Airlines Boeing- 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine," an advisor to the Ukrainain Interior Minister, Anton Herashchenko, said.
"It was flying at the altitude of 10,000 meters. 280 passengers and 15 crew members died," he said in a Facebook post.
"The aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by terrorists operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system," he said.


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