|| Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Saudabayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan sent a message of support to the people of American Samoa in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami that struck the U.S. Territory on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
“Secretary Saudabayev was the first official from a foreign government to express condolences to our people, and I want to thank Secretary Saudabayev for his unwavering friendship and support,” Faleomavaega said. “I deeply appreciate the condolences he extended on behalf of President Nazarbayev and the good people of Kazakhstan. The people of Kazakhstan can be assured that American Samoa will never forget that they were the first to stand with us in our time of need, and in our hearts we know that Kazakhstan will be with us every step of the way until we fully recover from this devastating tsunami.”
The full text of Secretary Saudabayev’s letter is included below:
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of so many people in American Samoa after a powerful tsunami.
Victims of this calamity will be forever in our hearts. We feel the deepest sympathy for those who lost their loved ones and saw their communities shattered.
At this moment of great suffering for the proud people of American Samoa, Kazakhstan, the friend and partner of the United States, shares your loss. We hope the warmth of our feelings will help you as you work to rebuild their lives.
Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs