12 Mar 2012

Wife of Tuvalu PM in Moscow hospital

1:55 pm on 12 March 2012

The wife of Tuvalu's prime minister, Willy Telavi, has been hospitalised in Moscow with pneumonia.

The Interfax news agency says Mrs Telavi, who had been accompanying her husband on a trip to Abkhazia, is in Moscow's Central Clinic Hospital.

Tuvalu recognised the breakaway Georgian region as an independent country last year.

Mr Telavi had led a group of Tuvalu observers at Saturday's parliamentary elections in Abkhazia.

On Friday, Mr Telavi and the Abkhaz Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya signed an agreement on visa-exempt travel, while the Tuvalu Chamber of Commerce signed a cooperation agreement with the Abkhaz Chamber of Commerce and Industry.