Statement by Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Killing of Mr. Ihab El-Sherif, Egyptian Ambassador to Iraq
July 8, 2005
- On July 7 (Japan time: July 8) I have learned with profound shock that Mr. Ihab El-Sherif, Egyptian Ambassador to Iraq, was killed by terrorists, and express my deepest condolences to the Government of Egypt and his bereaved family.
- Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and the Government of Japan strongly condemns terrorist atrocities.
Note: On July 8, Prime Minister Koizumi sent a condolence message to Egyptian President Mubarak, and Foreign Minister Machimura similarly sent a message to Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit.
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