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PM conveys Tongan support for Australia in bushfire crisis

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/01/2020

The Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa in a letter to the Australian Prime Minister has conveyed his support as the country is facing an unprecedented bushfire crisis.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison dated to yesterday January 7th, Tongan Prime Minister stated that Tonga is ready to provide any assistance in the coming days following early assessment through the Tonga high Commission in Canberra.

He added the people of Australia are in the thoughts of the Tongan people as they experience the destructive impacts and tragedy of the bushfire incidents.

Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa also stated that Tonga and Australia have nearly half a century of commitments in close diplomatic and partnerships with each other.

Many Tongan communities are living and contributing to Australia’s economy and their safety and wellbeing as well as the people of Australia are the utmost concern for the Government.

Meanwhile BBC reports, the months-long fires have killed at least 25 people and millions of animals, and destroyed more than 2,000 houses.

After milder weather brought brief respite last weekend, fire crews are preparing again for worsening conditions as temperatures are predicted to soar on Friday.

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