Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister witnesses repatriation readiness

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Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Iwao Horii meets local people at the Hla Pho Khaung Transit Centre in Maungtaw, Rakhine State. Photo: Aye Min Thu

A delegation led by Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Iwao Horii toured the Hla Pho Khaung Transit Centre and met with local people here yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Iwao Horii had a meeting with the Rakhine ethnic people, as well as Hindus and Muslims in Maungtaw, and asked them about the progress being made to provide them with accommodations.
Along with the Hla Pho Khaung Transit Centre, the delegation also viewed the construction project undertaken to assist the Mro race.
While speaking with journalists, Mr. Iwao Horii said, “I have come here to witness the situation in the Maungtaw region and assess what kind of assistance can be provided by the Japanese government.
I learnt that people belonging to various races, including the Rakhine ethnic people, Hindus and Muslims, are living peacefully in this region. Therefore, peaceful coexistence is of great importance to maintain stability in the region.”
Being a friendly nation, the Japanese government will provide assistance, wherever necessary, to both Myanmar and Bangladesh, and will assist in the process of repatriation, while creating employment opportunities and providing education to the returnees. “Moreover, we will help restore peace and stability in the region and try to assist in the regional development,” he said. The Japanese government will offer emergency
assistance and also help in
the repatriation and resettlement of people who fled the country.
Further, Japan will help the Myanmar government carry out a variety of proposals for the Rakhine State.


Kyaw Thu Win

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