Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,on Suicide Bomb Attacks in Ninawa, Northern Iraq

August 15, 2007

  1. Japan greatly feels shocked and indignant over the multiple suicide bomb attacks in Ninawa, northern part of Iraq, which caused many deaths and injuries on August 14. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that victimize many innocent people.
  2. Japan expresses its deepest sympathy for those who have been killed by terrorist attacks, including this time, and condolences to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their early recovery.
  3. Japan expects that the ethnic and religious groups will show mutual respect, and continue making efforts toward nation-building while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will proactively support such effort of Iraqi people.