Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing of the Shiite Al-Askary Mosque in Samarra, Iraq

June 14, 2007

  1. On June 13 (Wed), the Shiite Al-Askary Mosque in Samarra, a city to the north of Baghdad, was bombed.
  2. It was the second attack to the Mosque following the bombing in February last year which fomented sectarian tensions in Iraq, and the Government of Japan is deeply concerned about this new incident.
  3. The Government of Japan sincerely hopes that the incident will not lead to a further escalation of sectarian tensions and strongly expects that Iraqi people will make unified efforts for national reconciliation aimed at stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.