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    Obama in a phone call with Italian President Sergio Mattarella said the United States is prepared to provide any aid necessary in the aftermath of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama in a phone call with Italian President Sergio Mattarella said the United States is prepared to provide any aid necessary in the aftermath of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "Reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Italy, the President [Obama] underscored that the United States stands ready to provide any assistance needed during this difficult time," the release stated.

    Obama also saluted the quick action of first responders and volunteers who have been working to save lives in Italy, the release noted.

    The Civil Protection Agency said at least 159 people were killed in the earthquake. The earthquake shook the central part of Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time (01:36 a.m. GMT).


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