EU offers Indonesia condolences, aid after devastating tsunami

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Brussels, Dec 23 (IANS) The European Union on Sunday offered its condolences and promised aid to Indonesia in the wake of a devastating tsunami that struck the coastal areas in the Sonda Strait, killing at least 222 people and injuring scores.

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in a letter addressed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo that the EC was ready to assist in rescue efforts, reports Efe.

“I was heartbroken to learn that tragedy has once again struck Indonesian shores,” Juncker said before sending his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishing “all the strength and courage to the emergency service currently at work” in the affected area between the islands of Sumatra and Java.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, also sent his prayers to the tsunami’s victims via Twitter, adding that the EU stood ready to assist the Indonesian authorities.

In addition, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christs Stylianides, said the bloc “stands in solidarity with those in need and is ready to help.”

–IANS

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