Sunday, 20 May 2007 11:29 AM

Brunei donates US$50,000 towards post tsunami relief

Brunei is the latest country to donate funds towards the Solomon Islands National Disaster Relief Fund following the April earthquake and tsunami.

The High Commissioner of Brunei, Mohammed Sahrip Othman, presented the US$50,000 cheque to the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Victor Ngele, in Canberra on Friday morning.

Mr Ngele said he was deeply grateful for the donation. "I know my government has been enormously touched by the levels of support from several countries which have diplomatic representation here in Canberra, including the US and Turkey," he said.

The High Commissioner to Brunei also extended the sympathy of His Majesty's Government and the people of Brunei Darussalam, and hoped that the Western and Choiseul Provinces of the Solomon Islands would continue their efforts towards re-establishing their former lifestyles.

"This generous donation from the Brunei Government will be forwarded immediately to the National Disaster Council in Honiara and will be put to very good use in helping our people in those affected regions to get their lives back together again."