DHARAMSHALA: Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile today expressed his profound condolences to the victims of the devastating earthquake that shook Italy on Wednesday, 24 August.
“On behalf of all the Tibetans in and outside Tibet, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile express our condolence to all the victims of the recent earthquake in Central Italy that has taken so many lives,” he wrote in a condolence letter addressed to Mr Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy.
“The 5th World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet was held at Rome, Italy in 2009 with the support and cooperation of Italian parliament and its people. We are thankful of Italy’s ever strong support for the Tibetan Issue. In such period of hardship, our solidarity is with you and your people,” he added.
“We pray for the departed souls and for the victims & their families to overcome this disastrous challenge to get back to peaceful lives soon,” he said.
An earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit Central Italy on 24 August 2016 causing extensive death and destruction. At least 250 people are now known to have died in the earthquake.