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ITALIAN GRIEF

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy sent President Bush a letter expressing “profound and heartfelt solidarity” with the United States on the “somber anniversary” of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He praised the “courage, strength and determination” of the people of New York in their response to the destruction of the World Trade Center and loss of nearly 3,000 lives.

Their actions “remain a standard for all in the world who share in the values of freedom and democracy,” he said in the letter released by the Italian Embassy.

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