Japan has told Mauritius it would offer support on an “unprecedented scale,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday, after a Japanese-owned ship struck a coral reef off the country’s southeast coast in late July and spilled oil, reports Insurance Journal.

PM does not believe Japan is responsible

“A sense of gratitude was expressed over our offer of support on an unprecedented scale, including financial support,” Motegi told reporters.

Jugnauth said during the phone call that he did not believe Japan was responsible for the accident, Motegi said.

Motegi said Japan’s support measures include helping introduce a maritime navigation safety system in Mauritius, providing fishing gear to small fishing operators, and promoting Mauritius’s trade and tourism.

However he did not mention the size of Japan’s financial support, saying the phone talks were about discussing the outline of Japan’s support, not about specific figures.

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Source: Insurance Journal