Courtesy Call on State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Koichi Takemasa by Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi
July 1, 2010
- On July 1 (Thu), Mr. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) paid a courtesy call on Mr. Koichi Takemasa, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approximately 30 minutes from 4:30 p.m.
- State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Takemasa first congratulated Mr. Grandi on his appointment as Commissioner-General of UNRWA, and stated that Japan has been proactively involved in assistance to the Palestinian People and making efforts to forward the Middle East peace process. He highly appreciated the role played by the UNRWA.
- Commissioner-General Grandi explained the harsh situation of Palestine refugees and expressed his gratitude for the support given by the Japanese Government to UNRWA, as well as his expectations for continuing support. State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Takemasa responded that Japan intended to continue to offer support to UNRWA to the greatest extent possible despite the tough fiscal conditions. He also expressed his expectations that the visit to Japan by Commissioner-General Grandi would be a good opportunity for the interested parties in Japan and the Japanese people to deepen their understanding of the situation surrounding the Palestinian People.
- In addition, the two had an exchange of views on various activities of UNRWA.