(Jakarta) The President of Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) expressed symphaties and profound condolences to the victims of floods that hit Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Philippines. Indonesia will provide assistance to these countries.
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"On behalf of the people of Indonesia, I express sympathies and condolences on the disaster which claimed many lives and property as well. As the chairman of ASEAN, Indonesia has taken a number of proactive measures, foreign minister of Indonesia has established communication with the ASEAN foreign minister to formulate collective measures in helping counterpart countries to be more responsive against natural disaster, ′ said Yudhoyono at his residence, Puri Cikeas Indah, Gunung Putri, Bogor, Friday (14/10).
Foreign Minister of Republic of Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa, has coordinated with counterparts countries affected by the disaster to coordinate assistance from Indonesia Government; "Indonesia will certainly provide assistance to the affected countries just as they had helped us, Indonesians, when we were experiencing natural disasters." The foreign minister will continue to communicate with counterparts to ensure the assistance from Indonesia is well targeted and by the time the need is identified, we will provide assistance to these countries as soon as possible.