Acceptance of Relief Supplies from the Islamic Republic of Iran following the 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake

March 25, 2011

  1. On Thursday, March 24 at 3:00 PM, Mr. Hisashi Tokunaga, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call from H.E. Dr. Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 3:00 PM, and received a list of emergency relief supplies (food cans) provided by Iran to assist those affected by the 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake.

  2. Ambassador Araghchi expressed his deep condolences to those who lost their lives in the recent earthquake and tsunami, and stated that the people of Iran have not forgotten the assistance provided by Japan at the time of the earthquake that occurred in southeastern Iran (Bam) in 2003, that the thoughts of all the people of Iran are with the people of Japan, and that Iran is prepared to further provide every assistance to Japan. Ambassador Araghchi also stated that he was confident that the people of Japan possessed extraordinary perseverance and abilities, and would surely overcome this difficult situation.

  3. In response, Mr. Tokunaga stated that the people of Japan would be encouraged by the the assistance and the words of encouragement from Iran, and expressed his gratitude. Mr. Tokunaga stated that all the people of Japan are making strenuous efforts to overcome the current difficult situation, and that Japan intends to advance towards reconstruction with the cooperation of Iran.
    • (*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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