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Comfort Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Suriname

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Story Number: NNS071005-01
Release Date: 10/5/2007 10:27:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly E. Barnes, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (NNS) -- The U.S. ambassador to Suriname toured hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Oct. 4 during the ship’s humanitarian mission to Paramaribo and surrounding areas.

U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes was accompanied by Michel Felisi, acting minister of health, and other Surinamese government and military officials, including the minister of justice and police. She said she’s very grateful for the assistance Comfort is offering.

“We are very pleased that the president of the United States decided that Comfort was going to be stopping in the great Republic of Suriname,” Hughes said. “Our relationship with the government is very important and this is the largest and the most recent, to date, demonstration of that partnership.”

During the tour, Hughes visited Comfort’s casualty and receiving area, the operating rooms, the dental department, a patient ward and the intensive care unit where patients recover after surgery.

Hughes has served as the U.S. ambassador to Suriname since Sept. 8, 2006, following several state-level appointments throughout the region.

Comfort will remain in Paramaribo for the week, then will conclude its four-month humanitarian deployment, after visiting and providing medical care to patients in a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.



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