Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Prime Minister Kan response to President Mori's Letter of Condolence

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): March 24, 2011 - President Manny Mori sent a letter to Honorable Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, expressing his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the People and Government of Japan for the devastation and grief brought on the country and its people by multiple earthquakes and their resulting tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

President Mori wrote, "Given our special historical ties and profound relationship, I want to assure you that the people of the Federated States of Micronesia do share your grief, pain, and sorrow during these difficult times of mourning. We offer our support and prayers for a speedy national recovery and reconstruction, as you have done in the past. Japan, with proven resilience, determination and fortitude will rise out of these destructions and assume its rightful place in the global community."

Honorable Prime Minister Kan, in his response letter of March 14, 2011, expressed his gratitude to President Mori and the people of FSM by writing: "I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to Your Excellency for your warm words of sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of Japan, especially the most affected families for the tragic loss of lives and tremendous damage". The Prime Minister further stated, "We are greatly encouraged by the offer of support and prayers of the people of the Federated States of Micronesia for our earliest national recovery."

It is the hope of the President that the people of the FSM at home and abroad continue to pray for speedy recovery of the affected families of Japan and that we extend a helping hand to our great ally in whatever meaningful assistance possible.

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FSM Office of the President
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