The acting Prime Minister of Vanuatu Hon. Jotham Napat has expressed his country’s profound sympathy and concern for Australia as it suffers through horrendous bushfires.
“As a Pacific neighbour and friend, we have watched as Australia has been devastated by these horrific bushfires. We offer whatever assistance we can in this time of need, as Australia has always done in ours.”
The acting Prime Minister said the Vanuatu Government would commit VT20 million to assist the Rural Fire Service in Australia.
“Further, Australia remains in our prayers and I encourage all churches in Vanuatu to remember our friends in their services.
“We have watched in awe at your volunteer rural fire service as they have given up their own time, their holidays and most tragically some of them their own lives during this terrible crisis. It shows the true Australian spirit and one which we are very proud of, as your friend and neighbour.”