Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent a letter of condolence to President Yudhoyono following the natural disasters that struck Indonesia.
In her letter, Her Majesty the Queen said:
“I was saddened to hear of the loss of life caused by the tsunami on 26 October, the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano and floods and landslides across Indonesia this month. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with you and the people of Indonesia.”
Foreign Secretary William Hague has also sent a letter of condolence to Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. The Foreign Secretary said:
“I was greatly saddened by news of the high number of fatalities and damage caused by the tsunami off western Sumatra and the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Yogyakarta. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with you and those who have lost family and friends.”
UK Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell issued a statement saying:
“Our sympathies go out to those affected by these disasters. We are in close contact with the Government of Indonesia and stand ready to help if necessary.”