PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
TUVALU AIMS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN TIES WITH KIRIBATI
TARAWA, Kiribati (June 17, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---A group of 80 Tuvaluans from the northern island of Niutao are in the Kiribati capital, Tarawa, on a month-long visit to further strengthen the friendly ties between the two countries.
Members of the group will see a Tarawa significantly changed from that of 1976, the last year of the colonial days when the two peoples lived together under British rule, Radio Kiribati reports. Together, Tuvalu and Kiribati then were known as the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony.
Last Saturday, the group presented gifts to President Teburoro Tito and First Lady Keina Tito, Catholic Bishop Paul Mea and Kiribati Protestant Church Moderator Teeta Ioran. Leader Iosefa Langafaoa said the gift presentation was an indication of the Tuvaluans' goodwill toward and lasting friendship with the people of Kiribati.
While in Kiribati, the group is raising funds to help rebuild some of the houses and other buildings destroyed by cyclones that recently struck Tuvalu.
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