President Truong Tan Sang has extended sympathy to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano over the loss of lives and property caused by the recent earthquake.

In his message dated May 31, he also conveyed his deepest condolences to the Italian people and families of the victims.

President Sang expressed his belief that Italy and the Italian people will soon overcome difficulties and restore their normal life.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy on May 29, claiming at least 16 lives.-VNA