Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing Incidents in Istanbul, Turkey

November 16, 2003

  1. I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy for those who were killed in the bombing incidents that occurred on the two synagogues in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, on November 15 and pray for a quick recovery for the injured.

  2. Japan feels strong indignation at the fact that many people victimized by these incidents. Japan firmly condemns terrorist acts that victimize innocent people, and will therefore continue to cooperate with the international community for the elimination of terrorism.

  3. The Government of Japan will also continue to do its utmost to secure the safety of Japanese residents and travelers overseas.

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