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

November 20, 2003

  1. I am terribly shocked and deeply indignant at the bombing incidents that occurred in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, on November 20, which followed the two previous bombing incidents on November 15. I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy for those who were killed and injured in these incidents.

  2. Japan firmly condemns terrorist acts that victimize innocent people and expresses strong solidarity with the people of Turkey who are facing these serial terrorist attacks. Japan is determined to continue working 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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