TOKYO: The Japanese government is in close consultation with the government of Lebanon over possible further assistance to the country to face the damage resulted from the Beirut Port explosion, a high ranking official told Arab News Japan.
“We are in close contact with the Lebanese authorities and the government to meet their humanitarian needs, and we will listen to their further requests if any,” Kawahara Kazutaka, Director of the first Middle East division in the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, said.
Mr. Kawahara also said in a telephone interview, that Japan is shocked at the scale of the explosion and is depending on the Lebanese government to investigate the cause.
Mr. Kawahara revealed the details of the emergency assistance, announced on August 7, to Lebanon saying it includes 400 tents, 1800 sleeping pads and 1800 blankets and that “it will be delivered within days,“ through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Further goods would be possible if needed, he said.
Top Japanese leaders expressed deep condolences to Lebanon. Prime Minister Shizo Abe sent a sympathy message to his Lebanese counterpart, Hassan Dian, expressing condolences to the families of the victims and wishing swift recovery of the injured.
The plan to assist was made upon specific requests from the Lebanese government, Mr. Kawahara said stressing that the good relations between Japan and Lebanon continues during this hard time that Lebanon is facing.
Japan is ready to assist further if such requests are made by Lebanon.