Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Clashes in Lebanon

June 25, 2013
Japanese

    1. Japan is deeply concerned by the clashes that occurred in Sayda (Sidon), a southern city of the Republic of Lebanon, in which more than 40 people, including 12 Lebanese soldiers, were killed as of June 24, and also strongly condemns armed attacks toward the Lebanese armed forces. The Government of Japan also expresses its sincere condolences for all of the victims of these clashes and their bereaved families.
    2. The Government of Japan expects that all of the Lebanese people will make their best efforts to realize peace and stability in Lebanon and the entire region under the leadership of Mr. Michel Sleiman, the President of the Republic of Lebanon. The Government of Japan, together with the international community, will support the efforts by the Lebanese government and Lebanese people for the settlement of the situation.

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* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.