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  • Task Force Koa Moana to start training exercise in Tonga. This provides a unique opportunity for building stronger relationships and promoting capacity for training.

    Task Force Koa Moana to start training exercise in Tonga. This provides a unique opportunity for building stronger relationships and promoting capacity for training.

  • On May 25, Ambassador Cefkin joined USAID Philippines and Peace Corps in Tefisi, Vava’u to commemorate the opening of a new USAID-funded rainwater catchment systems

    On May 25, Ambassador Cefkin joined USAID Philippines and Peace Corps in Tefisi, Vava’u to commemorate the opening of a new USAID-funded rainwater catchment systems

  • Ambassador Cefkin recently met with Peace Corps Volunteers in Neiafu and expressed her appreciation of their work in building friendships with the Tongan people.

    Ambassador Cefkin recently met with Peace Corps Volunteers in Neiafu and expressed her appreciation of their work in building friendships with the Tongan people.

  • While in Tonga, Ambassador Cefkin visited Tu'anuku Primary School and was delighted to see Peace Corps Volunteers in action teaching English.

    While in Tonga, Ambassador Cefkin visited Tu'anuku Primary School and was delighted to see Peace Corps Volunteers in action teaching English.

  • During their port visit to Tonga, sailors assigned to the USS Spruance delivered bicycles and sports equipment to children at a primary school in Nuku’alofa.

    During their port visit to Tonga, sailors assigned to the USS Spruance delivered bicycles and sports equipment to children at a primary school in Nuku’alofa.

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  • Zika Virus in the Pacific Islands
    Zika Virus in the Pacific Islands

    Travel Notice: In November 2015, Samoa reported local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika). Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Since then, the following destinations in the Pacific Islands have reported ongoing transmission of Zika: American Samoa, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga. 

  • A New Evacuation Centre in Popua, Tonga.
    A New Evacuation Centre in Popua, Tonga.

    February 23, 2016 The United States Government has made the Pacific region a strategic focus by expanding climate change related assistance to the region. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel travelled February 22-24 to the Kingdom of Tonga where he witnessed one of the fruits of the renewed focus on support to the Pacific, a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded (USAID) Evacuation Center in Popua village, Tonga. 

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