PM expresses sorrow over tragedy in Japan
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has expressed condolences to Japan on behalf of The Bahamas in the wake of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated large parts of the country Friday.
In a statement, Ingraham said,”The government and people of The Bahamas join with citizens around the world in expressing profound sorrow at the terrible loss of life and the human tragedy resulting from the catastrophic earthquake and horrific tsunami impacting Japan beginning yesterday afternoon.”
The tsunami unleashed as a result of one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history hit Japan killing hundreds of people, and carrying away cars, ships and homes.
There were fears yesterday that thousands of people may have been killed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.
Ingraham said The Bahamas was happy to learn that the world community, at the level of the United Nations and through other developed countries with the ability to respond, has signalled a readiness to lend whatever assistance is required by Japan to recover from the disaster.
The prime minister recalled that The Bahamas had only this past January concluded a tax information exchange agreement with Japan.
On that occasion he met with the Japanese Ambassador to The Bahamas Hiroshi Yamaguchi to discuss the mutual interest of both governments to broaden and enhance relations.