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Iran to send relief workers to Japan

Pins with the flags of Iran and Japan

IRAN, March 19, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Director Abolhassan Faqih says the first group of Iranian relief workers will be dispatched to Japan in the near future, Iranian Television PRESS TV reported on Saturday.

Faqih told IRNA on Friday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has accepted Iran’s offer to dispatch relief workers and humanitarian assistance to the quake-stricken country and the IRCS is preparing the first consignment of Iran’s humanitarian assistance.

Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian official met with the Japanese ambassador to Iran, Kinichi Kumano, and told him Iran was prepared to send food, medications to help the country deal with the recent disaster.

On March 11, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, off the northeast coast of Japan’s main island unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours.

A week after the disaster devastated the northeast coast, Japan’s police agency said on Saturday that 7,197 people had died and 10,905 were missing.

With hundreds of bodies washed ashore, the death toll is expected to rise much higher, possibly as high as 10,000.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described the destructive earthquake and tsunami as Japan’s worst crisis since World War II.   (*)
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Photostream : South Korean President Lee Myung-bak pays tribute to Japanese earthquake victims

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (front) pays respect to Japanese earthquake victims during his visit to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on March 18. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (L) expresses to Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Masatoshi Muto deep condolences for Japanese earthquake victims during his visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 18. (Yonhap)

Seen here is a condolence message that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak left during his visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 18 to pay respects to Japanese earthquake victims. It reads, "We, Korean people, offer deep condolences for victims. We are confident Japan will recover at an early time, and we, as the nearest neighbor, will be with you. March 18, 2011 Lee Myung-bak." (Yonhap)

 
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Photostream : Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan visits Kenya

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (L) shakes hands with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 18, 2011. As reported by XINHUA NEWS on Friday, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan held talks with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi on Friday, during which he made suggestions on how to further expand bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the future. Wang said that China would like to work with Kenya to enhance traditional cooperative relations between the two countries. He said improvement in cooperation mechanisms should be made to further strengthen planning and guidance for bilateral economic and trade cooperation. China should expand its aid to Kenya to actively implement Kenya-related projects under the frame of Sino-African Cooperation Forum, he said. The vice premier vowed to encourage China's enterprises to enlarge the volume of imports from Kenya in a bid to promote balanced development of mutual trade, stressing that China should provide supports to more Chinese enterprises to invest in Kenya while Kenya should further improve its investment environment and put forward relevant incentive policies. He also relayed cordial greetings of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Odinga. Odinga said Kenya would never forget that China has been lending a helping hand when Kenya experiences its hard time. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (L) meets with Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 18, 2011. As reported by XINHUA NEWS on Friday, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan held talks with Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in Nairobi on Friday, exchanging in-depth views on further promoting China- Kenya relationship as well as major international and regional issues of common interest. During the talks, Wang noticed that the bilateral relations had been developing steadily since the establishment of China-Kenya diplomatic ties 47 years ago and in particular, since the establishment of the bilateral friendly cooperative relations of long-term stability and mutual benefit in 2005, such relations have maintained good momentum for progress. The depth and scope of China-Kenya cooperation has been on the forefront of Sino-African cooperation. Wang said that China attaches great importance to its relations with Kenya which has been treated as China's sincere friend and key cooperation partner. China would like to work along with Kenya to push the friendly cooperative relations to a higher level and also to deepen the new Sino-African strategic partnership through closer communication with the African countries including Kenya. Musyoka commended the Chinese government for its continuous financial support which he said has contributed tremendously towards developing the country's infrastructure, agricultural, education, water and health sectors. Musyoka stressed that Kenya resolutely pursues the one-China policy and attaches great importance to the relations with China. He called on the Chinese government to diversify their investment in Kenya and strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade, tourism, infrastructure construction. At the invitation of the government of Kenya, a delegation led by Wang arrived here for official visit to Kenya from Thursday to Sunday, which is also the first leg of the vice premier's three- African countries-visit followed by Zimbabwe and Angola. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)

 
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