Prime minister Mario Draghi has conveyed the Italian government's condolences on the death of renowned Israeli writer Abraham Yehoshua,
"I want to express my government's condolences at the death of a writer who was greatly loved in Italy, Abraham Yehoshua," Draghi stated.
Draghi was speaking at a joint press briefing after talks in Jerusalem with Israel's premier Naftali Bennett during a two-day visit to the region.
Yehoshua, whose death aged 85 was announced on Tuesday, was hailed by Israel's president Isaac Herzog as one of Israel's greatest writers.
Yehoshua won the Israel Prize for Literature in 1995 and the French Prix Médicis in 2012.