Grenada stands ready to assist Japan

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday March 14, 2011 – Foreign Affairs Karl Hood says Grenada stands ready to assist the government and people of Japan as they struggle to cope with the earthquake and tsunami disaster that has claimed about 10,000 lives.

The reassurance was conveyed to Japan’s Ambassador to Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean Ambassador Tatsuaki Iwata via telephone, Hood said.

“Japan has been of assistance to Grenada in so many ways and we stand prepared to assist in whatever possible way,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said.

In extending sympathy and condolences, Hood also told the Ambassador of Grenada’s support in prayers and expressed the hope in the rescue efforts now underway to save lives. 

“We pray that they will be able to handle the situation as quickly as possible, and that those in need of being rescued will soon be rescued and that stranded persons  will know that there is hope,” he said.

Assistance provided by Japan to Grenada include a multi-million-dollar Coastal Fisheries Development project which is under construction and previous construction of a fishing complex and other fishing facilities.

A number of local senior fisheries officials have also been trained in Japan.  

Grenada and Japan established diplomatic ties in 1975.  

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