Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan

July 7, 2008

  1. The Government of Japan is deeply shocked and angered by the suicide bombing nearby the Embassy of India in Kabul, Afghanistan on 7th July which resulted in a large number of casualties including the members of the Indian Embassy.  We express our heartfelt sympathy for the victims and send condolences to the bereaved families.  We also express sympathy for those injured and pray for their early recovery.
  2. The Government of Japan firmly condemns the bombing as an inexcusable act, targeted at innocent people.  We strongly blame terrorism in any forms and manifestations and reiterate our stance that there can be no justification, whatsoever, for any acts of terrorism.
  3. We hope that the people of Afghanistan and India will overcome this tragedy early.  We are resolved to continue our cooperation with international society to fight against terrorism.