PHNOM PENH, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has voiced his condolences to the governments and peoples of Italy and Myanmar following the strong earthquakes in the two countries which resulted in loss of lives and damage.
In a royal message sent to Italian President Sergio Mattarella and released to local media on Saturday, Sihamoni expressed his deepest sympathy to the bereaved families and wished the injured persons a swift recovery.
"At this painful circumstance, on behalf of the Cambodian people and on my own behalf, I extend to Your Excellency, and through you, to the Italians, especially to the families of the victims, our deepest condolences,"he said.
The death toll from the 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy on Wednesday has risen to 284 people as of Saturday.
In another condolence message sent to Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, the Cambodian king said he was profoundly saddened to hear of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing three people and damaging at least 185 ancient famous pagodas in the ancient capital of Bagan.
"We share the sufferings of the people of Myanmar and express our admiration for the remarkable rescue and recovery efforts in the affected areas and extend our best wishes of complete success,"he said.
"We also wish the injured persons a swift recovery."