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Solomon Islands: Fiji gesture shows capacity - envoy

Fiji's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has thanked Government for last week's Cabinet decision where $20,000 was granted for the Government of the Solomon Islands in the wake of the impact of Cyclone Zoe on the neighbouring Melanesian nation.

Ratu Inoke said that such a gesture in fact shows the capacity that Fiji has in contributing to recovery efforts in other neighbouring countries during their time of need.

Assistant Minister for Information, Simione Kaitani added that in the wake of Fiji's time of need and the devastation caused by Cyclone Ami, the country is grateful also to other neighbouring countries for their assistance and support.

Fiji, he said has always been willing to assist in the recovery efforts of other countries and likewise is grateful for the assistance rendered to it.

"At the moment, the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the devastation caused by Ami is Government's number one priority."

"We are committing all our efforts towards sending emergency supplies and restoring life in the Northern Division to normality as quickly as possible."

Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase meanwhile has cancelled an official visit to the US capital, Washington, scheduled for early next month.

Prime Minister Qarase has been spearheading the recovery and rehabilitation efforts due to Cyclone Ami.