The Embassy of Japan in Lebanon said on Friday that Japan will extend 630,145 US dollars in grant to Mines Advisory Group for the procurement of mine clearance devices to facilitate its operation for the villages of Houla, Meiss El Jabal, Blida, Markaba, Arab Ellouaizeh and Amra, Marjeyoun District, Nabatieh Governorate. On March 12, 2021, Ambassador OKUBO Takeshi signed a grant agreement with Mr. Sylvain Lefort, Country Director of Mines Advisory Group in Lebanon.
Mines Advisory Group, in partnership of more than seven years with Japan, has cleared landmines and unexploded remnants across Lebanon and protected thousands of people from the threats of explosives. Appreciating the organization’s achievement to that effect, Japan has decided to further support their operation in Lebanon through upgrading special equipment and covering expenditures. With this grant assistance, Mines Advisory Group will be able to help 15,500citizens, including Syrian refugees, secure safe access to farm land.
At the signing ceremony, Mr. Sylvain Lefort expressed deep gratitude to the people and the government of Japan for the continuous support considering it has had enormous impact in improving human security across the country. On the other hand, Ambassador Okubo commended the organization for its strenuous effort in reducing the risk and threat of the explosives the local people have faced for a long time and emphasized that Japan would continue to support the people of Lebanon during these difficult times.
Source: National News Agency