Ceremony to Present Water Tank Trucks and Feed Tanks to Samawah, Iraq

Ceremony to Present Water Tank Trucks and Feed Tanks to Samawah, Iraq
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October 26, 2004

  1. Some of the 26 water tank trucks and 304 feed tanks purchased by the Water Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna in Iraq (a total of $3,680,000 (about 404 million yen)) with the fund extended by the Japanese Government as grassroots human security grant aid were delivered to Samawah in the Governorate of Al- Muthanna.

  2. The ceremony, held in a camp of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in Samawah at 4 p.m. (local time: 10 a.m.) on October 22 (Fri), was attended on the Iraqi side by Mr. Hussein Rassul Jassim, Director of the Water Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, and other officials concerned, and on the Japanese side by officials involved from the liaison office in Samawah of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces.

  3. Supplying safe water through this assistance will contribute to improving the water supply in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna and is expected to stabilize the people's livelihood.

  4. On the trucks provided this time, a "Captain Tsubasa" sticker (1.2m x 1.8m) (locally called "Captain Majid"), a cartoon character which enjoys widespread popularity in Iraq, has been fixed with the hope of encouraging and cheering up the children in the Governorate. At the ceremony, 15 boys belonging to the Samawah Football Club were invited as guests.
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