9 Jan 2020

Australia fires: Pacific Islands Forum sends thoughts and prayers

11:47 am on 9 January 2020

The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, has sent a message of condolence to the people affected by the deadly bushfires in Australia.

Australia bush fire

Photo: Supplied / Fergus Simpson

In a statement, Kausea Natano said he was deeply saddened to see the ongoing devastation brought on by the fires, which were costing lives and destroying livelihoods, ecosystems and homes.

Mr Natano offered "thoughts and prayers" on behalf of the forum and passed on his condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

He also recognised and commended the ongoing courage of fire-fighters who continued to risk their lives to save others.

Mr Natano said the Pacific Islands Forum stood ready to collectively support Australia as best as they could.

The Tuvaluan prime minister also encouraged Pacific Islanders to consider donating to a number of regional organisations assisting in the crisis.

The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.

The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano. Photo: Supplied / Government of Tuvalu

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