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Equatorial Guinea offers Japan $500 000

2011-03-24 22:17

Libreville - The tiny oil-rich west African state of Equatorial Guinea is to offer Japan $500 000 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country, a government statement said on Thursday.

"The people of Equatorial Guinea and its government have experienced... the devastating earthquake and the tsunami that followed, causing thousands of dead and missing, so much grief and destruction ... and with the aim of showing solidarity with this friendly country after such tragic catastrophes ... the government has granted an aid of solidarity of $500 000" to Japan, according to the Equatorial Guinea government spokesperson.

"We are sure that the physical and spiritual strength and the well-known ability to recover that characterises the Japanese nation will help them pick themselves up after this terrible blow."

Latest estimates suggest that 27 000 people are dead and missing after the disasters of March 11.