C o m m u n i q u é
The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden:
"The news of the vile attack that took a heavy casualty toll in the centre of Stockholm a few hours ago are cause of deep sorrow and of great concern.
In this sorrowful moment for Sweden, all of Italy stands by the families of the victims in this time of grief and conveys its sympathy and closeness to the people injured, wishing them a quick recovery.
In their fight against terrorism, which has once again brutally struck helpless citizens, Sweden will always be able to count on the cooperation of Italy, knowing that only together will we be able to defeat the pointless violence of those who attack our common values of liberty, tolerance and pluralism.
It is in this spirit, Your Majesty, that I convey my heartfelt condolences on behalf of myself and of all Italians, reaffirming our sentiments of solidarity for our friends the Swedish people."
Rome, 7 April 2017