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Japan pledges 1.5 billion yen for construction of housing in Bam

Tokyo, March 19, IRNA -- Tehran and Tokyo on Friday signed a 1.5 billion yen agreement for construction of housing in the earthquake devastated city of Bam.

Iranian Ambassador to Tokyo Ali Majedi and First Deputy of Japanese Foreign Ministry Ichiro Issiva were signatories to the agreement on behalf of their respective governments.

The MoU stipulates for Japan to extend the grant to be channeled into setting up pre-fabricated housing in the city to be built during the new Iranian year (starting on March 20).

The financial aid, is in form of grant and is the largest of its kind by Japan to Iran, comes in addition to donations by Japanese people and government, and non-governmental organizations for the city.

Following the signing ceremony, the Japanese official expressed his government and nation`s condolence on the killer quake saying "Tokyo is hopeful the assistance will be a small token in easing the suffering of the victims."

Majedi also thanked the Japanese government for the assistance and said an important factor in mitigating the effect of the disaster was international relief, including that of Japan, in the aftermath of the quake.

Majedi had previously thanked the Japanese government and people for the aid the country provided for the quake-stricken people of Bam.

Speaking in a meeting in January with the deputy head of the Japanese Red Cross Organization Konoei, he expressed gratitude to the institutions who along with the government dispatched relief aid to Bam.

Speaking with IRNA after the meeting, Majedi said Japan presented an aid package worth dlrs 2 million in the aftermath of the quake and the Japanese government has pledged to earmark dlrs 1.4 million for the restoration of the historical citadel which was demolished by the powerful quake.

The Japanese government, he added, approved a dlrs 500,000 budget for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be spent on the reconstruction of Bam Citadel.

He added that dlrs 544,000 of aid includes grants by the various associations, municipalities, NGOs and cultural institutions. He went on to say that the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force planes landed at Kerman airport soon after the quake to deliver relief supplies to victims of the December killer quake.

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