Emergency Aid to Tajikistan for the Refugees from Afghanistan

October 12, 2001

  1. On October 12 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend an emergency grant aid of 240 million yen (approximately two million dollars) in total to the Republic of Tajikistan to assist the Government of Tajikistan to care for Afghan refugees.

  2. This emergency grant aid is extended as part of Japan's "humanitarian, economic and other necessary assistance to surrounding and affected countries" which was included in "Japan's Measures in Response to the Terrorist Attacks in the United States " announced on September 19.

  3. About 15 thousand Afghan refugees are camping out in Tajikistan at present, and due to the opening of the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan, more refugees are expected. Therefore, on the visit by Mr. Muneo Suzuki, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy, to Tajikistan on October 8, H.E. Emomali Rakhmonov, the President of Tajikistan, requested the Government of Japan to extend emergency aid. The aid provided at this time will be made in response to this request.

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