(ANSA) - ROME, FEBRUARY 06 - "I have learned with deep sadness that I am carefully following the news of the earthquake that has so seriously affected the south-eastern area of Turkey, causing numerous victims and injuries. In this moment of mourning, Italy is close, with feelings of sympathetic solidarity, to the pain of the friendly Turkish people. Our thoughts go to the families of those who lost their lives, to the wounded - to whom we wish a speedy recovery - and to the rescue teams.
In a spirit of closeness, please welcome, Mr. President, the expressions of the most sincere condolences of the Italian Republic and myself".
This is what we read in the message that the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.