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US Ambassador-Designate to Iceland Praises Rescue Service

Luis Arreaga, US President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve as the US Ambassador to Iceland, praised the Icelandic emergency services in his testimony before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee last week.

Icelandic rescue efforts in Haiti. Copyright: ICE-SAR.

Arreaga pointed out to the committee that Iceland takes part in international emergency relief, and the country’s units have proven especially helpful when disasters have struck, for example after the earthquakes in Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Haiti, a press release from ICE-SAR states.

“Iceland’s team was one of the first to respond to the Haiti tragedy, arriving within 24 hours of the earthquake. We are especially grateful for Iceland’s evacuation of US citizens and permanent residents from Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake,” the ambassador-delegate said in his testimony.

Click here to read the testimony in full and here to read more about Icelandic rescue efforts in Haiti.

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