Moon sends letter of condolence to quake-stricken Indonesia

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Sunday sent a letter of condolence to Indonesia where a massive earthquake and tsunami killed more than 800 people.

"I cannot suppress my sadness upon the news that the strong quake and tsunami in the Sulawesi region caused massive damage of human life and property," Moon said in the letter sent to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

"On behalf of the South Korean government and people, I hope those who passed away in the disasters rest in peace and express my sincere condolences for the bereaved families who may be in severe shock and despair over their losses," Moon also said.

The South Korean president also expressed words of consolation for the Indonesians in the affected region and hoped for successful rescue and search operations.

"I pray that the damage is soon recovered under the leadership of the (Indonesian) president and the people in the region and the whole Indonesia can overcome this situation," Moon said.

The twin disasters swept through the Sulawesi region on Friday, with officials saying the death toll has reached some 830 so far.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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