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Coronavirus - Mauritius: Telephone Talk between Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth

On September 7, commencing at around 15:35 for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Honorable Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius.At the outset, Minister MOTEGI paid respect to the government and the people of Mauritius for responding to the oil […]

At the outset, Minister MOTEGI paid respect to the government and the people of Mauritius for responding to the oil spill off its coast under difficult circumstances.Minister MOTEGI also explained that the Government of Japan took the accident very seriously, and upon the request of Mauritius, immediately dispatched the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Teams as well as provided equipment, and expressed his intention to continue to send experts.Following the outset remarks, Minister MOTEGI mentioned that he recognized the issues of the restoration and revival of Mauritius would be covering a wide range of areas including the environment, the economy and the society.Based on such understanding, Minister MOTEGI expressed his intention to advance cooperation from the mid- and long-term perspectives in a swift manner.

In particular, Minister MOTEGI also conveyed Japan’s readiness to swiftly carry out following cooperation based on the requests by Mauritius: (1) ensuring safety of navigation for preventing accidents to recur, and strengthening the capability of initial response to oil spill; (2) dispatching experts to conserve and restore mangrove forests, and monitoring of the environment including coral reefs, and restoring ecosystems to recover the contaminated environment; and (3) providing fishery related equipment and promoting inshore fisheries to restore livelihoods of people in affected areas, especially of small-scale fishery communities.Minister MOTEGI also explained that Japan would like to consider other necessary cooperation to support recovery and development of the Mauritian economy, listening to the needs of Mauritius including financial aspects.

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