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Japan offers fresh aid to Madagascar to improve food, water supply

  • December 5, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 8:50 p.m.
  • English Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged in a meeting with Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to extend fresh aid to the African country to improve food and water supply conditions.

 

Japan will offer 470 million yen ($4.2 million) worth of rice and 200 million yen for construction of water filtration and other systems to improve access to safe water.

 

At their previous summit in Nairobi in August 2016, Abe offered to provide 45.2 billion yen in low-interest loans aimed at expanding the country’s largest commercial port Toamasina.

 

Rajaonarimampianina, the first Malagasy leader to visit Japan in 52 years, said the bilateral relationship has entered a new stage. A joint statement released after the meeting said the two countries share views on such international issues as maritime safety and U.N. Security Council reform.

 

The island nation off the east coast of Africa is known as a major supplier of nickel and cobalt. Japanese trading firm Sumitomo Corp. is among ore producers operating in the country.

 

Abe and Rajaonarimampianina confirmed close cooperation between Japan and Madagascar, a gateway to Africa, on Japan’s “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy” based on the rule of law and freedom of navigation in the oceans.

 

The two leaders also condemned North Korea, which test-fired another intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in waters near Japan last week, and agreed on the need to maximize pressure on the reclusive state.

 

==Kyodo

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