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Li urges Malaysia to continue all efforts to find MH370

By Agencies
 Li urges Malaysia to continue all efforts to find MH370

This picture taken on March 10, 2014 shows students at Hailiang International School lighting candles to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Zhuji, in China's Zhejiang province. (CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO)

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called on Malaysia to continue to exert all efforts to find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its passengers.

Li made the remarks when jointly meeting the press with visiting French Prime Minister Manuel Valls after their talks in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with 239 people on board, disappeared shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 en-route to Beijing.

Director General of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said on Thursday that the Malaysian government officially declared MH370 an accident, and all 239 people on board the plane were presumed dead.

China also called on Malaysia to fulfill its obligation of compensation to families of MH370 passengers

"At this moment of sadness, the Chinese government expresses its deep sorrow for the misery of those on board, and offers its profound sympathies and sincere condolences to their families," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

Hua said Malaysia's declaration was made based on available satellite data of the aircraft and results of the search operation to date and in compliance with the provisions of the relevant international convention.

"We call on the Malaysian side to act on the commitments made in the statement (of declaring MH370 an accident), fulfill its obligation of compensation, protect the lawful rights and interests of the families and provide them with support and assistance," Hua said.

"We also call on the Malaysian side to remain fully committed to the search and investigation efforts and keep the families updated on the latest progress," she said. Among the 239 people on board the MH370, 154 were Chinese nationals.

The Chinese government will work closely with the governments of Malaysia and Australia, actively participate in the search and investigation efforts, provide the families with all necessary services and uphold their lawful rights and interests, said Hua.

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