Indonesia quake: Italian Prez expresses sympathy
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday sent a message to his Indonesian counterpart, expressing sadness over the loss of thousands of lives from the strong earthquake that hit Java Island.
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the violent earthquake that hit Indonesia causing the loss of so many lives," Napolitano wrote to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
"Italy, which has close ties of friendship and cooperation with Indonesia, feels, in this tragic event, close to the Indonesian people," the new Italian head of state said.
The country's new Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, extended his condolences to the Indonesian government for this "devastating tragedy".
At least 2,727 people were killed in the 6.2-magnitude quake, according to the latest toll from the Indonesian ministry of social affairs.