Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the First Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on Tourists in Luxor, Egypt

November 17, 1998

  1. On November 17 last year, exactly one year ago, an infinitely cruel terrorist incident occurred in Luxor, Egypt, in which many tourists including some Japanese nationals were indiscriminately shot to death. On this occasion, I pray for the repose of those who fell victim without cause to the incident, and extend my deepest condolences to their families and sincere sympathy for the injured.

  2. After the incident, President Hosni Mubarak and other officials at every level of the Government of Egypt expressed their condolences and sadness at the victims. I understand that Egypt has also been doing its utmost to investigate the incident and to strengthen its counter-terrorism measures and its police activities. Japan, for its part, has requested the Egyptian Government to make every effort to prevent the recurrence of incidents of this kind.

  3. Unfortunately, however, acts of terrorism that make sport of the precious lives of innocent people have been occurring in every part of the world despite the efforts of many countries to prevent them. Terrorism cannot be justified for any creed or cause whatsoever. Today, on the first anniversary of the Luxor Incident, Japan firmly condemns all acts of terrorism and makes its determination clear to continue the fight against terrorism with the international community.

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