President Gitanas Nausėda has offered condolences to Italian President Sergio Mattarella and all the people of Italy fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus in Italy claimed the largest number of lives in Europe, over 11,000 people died. Italy declared March 31 as the National Day of Mourning to pay tribute to the victims of coronavirus.
“Together with the leaders of other EU member states I extend my deepest condolences in your tragic loss of human lives to the pandemic. Every one of us must do our best to prevent the spread of virus. At this time of immense difficulty, I wish the victims’ families and loved ones as well as the people of Italy strength, fortitude and consolidation”, said the President emphasizing that only by standing in solidarity with other EU member states and by helping each other we can overcome this calamity.
At the initiative of the President, on the night of March 31, the Presidential Palace will be illuminated in colors of the Italian national flag. The Bell Tower in the Cathedral Square as well as the Monument of the Three Crosses will also be illuminated in Italian national colors. All the Lithuanian public institutions are invited to join the initiative; the Curia of the Vilnius Archdiocese, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilnius City Municipality, and Ministry of Defense decided to support this initiative. In sign of solidarity, church bells will ring across Lithuania at noon, Italian time.