Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers support to Swachh Bharat Mission


New Delhi: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has offered his government’s support to the Swachh Bharat Mission.

In a written message, Abe said that Japan will cooperate with India, which promotes the Clean India initiative under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership.

He further underscored Japan’s commitment to realise healthy societies in Asia and congratulated India on the success of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention.

“Securing clean water and improving sanitary conditions is a common challenge in the world. We hope for the further progress of each country’s efforts to address the challenge through active discussions at this convention (MGISC),” Abe said in his message.

The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) was a four-day international conference that brought together Sanitation Ministers and other leaders in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) from around the world.

A host of national and international dignitaries attended the event, which was inaugurated by the President and addressed by the Vice President of India. The Convention culminated on 2nd October 2018, Gandhi Jayanti, which was also celebrated as the Swachh Bharat Diwas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres addressed the concluding function.

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