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

April 27, 2009

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the suicide bomb attacks on April 24(Fri) in Baghdad, which again caused many casualties following the suicide bomb attacks on the day before. 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. On April 25(Sat), press statement condemning those terrorist attacks was issued by the President of the Security Council, for which Japan serves as a non permanent member.
  3. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed by this and other terrorist attacks and to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their earliest recovery.
  4. Japan expects Iraqi people mutually respect ethnic and religious groups and continue making efforts toward nation-building while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will keep its proactive support towards such efforts of the Iraqi people.