Meeting between State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno and Indian Ambassador Alok Prasad(Indian relief supplies)
March 16, 2011
- Today (Wednesday, March 16), Mr. Yutaka Banno, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Alok Prasad, Ambassador of India.
- Ambassador Prasad expressed heartfelt condolences for those who suffered from the Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake. Ambassador Prasad stated that the Government of India offered 25,000 blankets as the first relief supplies from India, while referring to the statement by H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, in Indian Parliament on March 14, and handed over a letter on the supplies. He firmly believed that the people and the Government of Japan would overcome the crisis and India would be ready to extend all possible assistance to Japan.
- In response, Mr. Banno expressed his heartfelt gratitude for messages of sympathy and condolences as well as offer of assistance from Prime Minister Dr. Singh and External Affairs Minister Mr. S. M. Krishna, immediately after the earthquake. He also appreciated the provision of a large number of blankets for those who suffered in cold areas, when the Government and people of Japan are working together for relief and rescue activities. Mr. Banno stated that he was impressed by Prime Minister Singh’s statement in Parliament and memorial ceremonies held in various locations in India, which is a testimony to strong ties between the two countries. He expressed the determination of the Government of Japan to do its utmost effort to overcome this difficulty together with the people of Japan under the leadership of Prime Minister Kan.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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