Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Message concerning Incidents in Baghdad

September 1, 2005

Japan was shocked to learn that hundreds of people were dead and injured while they were attending religious ceremony in Baghdad on 31 August.

We would like to convey heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the Iraqi government, to the victims and to the bereaved families. Japan also offers sincere sympathy to those injured.

We believe that the Iraqi people are able to overcome this hardship with mutual cooperation among your people.

Japan intends to continue its support for the nation re-building efforts of the Iraqi people.

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