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Romania, shocked by recent attacks in Sri Lanka

Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has sent a message saying it was "shocked" by recent attacks in Sri Lanka.

"We are shocked by the outrageous attacks in Sri Lanka! Our deepest condolences to the people of Sri Lanka! Romania's thoughts and prayers go to the victims," reads the message posted on MAE's Twitter page.

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Sunday that eight Romanian children were in the city of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, at the time the explosions took place and they were evacuated by local authorities to safety at a military base on the outskirts of the capital.

"I have been in touch with some of those who are vacationing or living in Colombo. From my discussions with the people, I understood that they had not been affected in any way by the terrorist attacks. The most sensitive issue is that a group of eight children and a chaperon were in Colombo and support was found for them in the end. We managed to talk with the authorities and learned that all the eight children were taken to a military base on the outskirts of Colombo, where security is extremely strict," Melescanu told Digi 24 private broadcaster.

He recommended that the Romanians in Colombo contact the Romanian consulate and return to the country "as quickly as possible," because there is no saying how the attacks develop.

President Klaus Iohannis on Sunday condemned recent attacks in Sri Lanka and said that freedom of religion and faith must be defended.

"I strongly condemn the horrific attacks against innocent people in SriLanka on Easter Sunday. My condolences to all those affected! We must stand up for freedom of religion and belief," reads the president's message posted to his twitter page.