SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Dec 7) sent their condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo over the earthquake in Banda Aceh that killed at least 97 people.
The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province on Wednesday. It was the second time in just over a decade that tragedy had struck the province's east coast, following the 2004 tsunami disaster.
The full text of both letters below:
His Excellency Joko Widodo
Republic of Indonesia
On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake in Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh on Dec 7, 2016.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult period.
TONY TAN KENG YAM
Dear President Jokowi,
I was saddened by the tragic loss of lives and widespread damage caused by the earthquake in Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh on 7 December 2016.
On behalf of the government of Singapore, I express my heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia in whatever way we can.
LEE HSIEN LOONG