Section 1782 of the U.S. Code, "Assistance to foreign and international tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals," states in relevant part:
The district court of the district in which a person resides or is found may order him to give his testimony or statement or to produce a document or other thing for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal. . . . The order may be made pursuant to a letter rogatory issued, or request made, by a foreign or international tribunal or upon the application of any interested person. . . .
28 U.S.C. § 1782 (emphasis added).