USA: Marshalls give $ 10,000 to U.S. relief effort

News and Press Release
Originally published
From Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai'i

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, Sept. 10) - The government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has donated US$10,000 to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

At a brief ceremony in the capital city of Majuro, Mattlan Zackhras, RMI Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented the check to Greta Morris, U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, on September 8.

With some 60,000 citizens, one of the world's smallest nations, the RMI is a close ally of the United States. The U.S. provides for the defense of the Marshall Islands under the Compact of Free Association and some Marshall Islanders voluntarily serve in the U.S. military.

Many Asia-Pacific nations have opened "their hearts and wallets" to help the millions of Hurricane Katrina victims, according to a statement by the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru and Kiribati, Ambassador Larry Dinger, in an open letter to the people of Fiji said "On behalf of President George W. Bush and the American people, I wish to express our nation's heartfelt gratitude for the kind words of condolence and offers of assistance we have received from the people of Fiji and many other countries in response to the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina. In this moment of national tragedy, the outpouring of international sympathy we have witnessed gives us comfort and recalls to us that, in the face of such challenges, friendship is among the greatest gifts of the human heart."