Démarche by Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to H.E. Mr. Sid Ali Ketrandji, Ambassador of Algeria to Japan
January 18, 2013
On January 18, Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, called H.E. Mr. Sid Ali Ketrandji, Ambassador of Algeria to Japan, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for about 20 minutes from 3:25 P.M. to make a démarche concerning the taking of Japanese nationals as hostages in Algeria. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki stated the following points to Ambassador Ketrandji.
(1) Japan has made strong requests to the Algerian Government so far to place the utmost priority on the lives of the foreign hostages. From the perspective of protecting the lives of the hostages, Japan is deeply concerned about the military rescue operation undertaken by the Algerian Government.
(2) Based on the strong opinion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan requests that the Algerian Government once again quickly provide the latest information, respond to this situation while placing the utmost priority on human life, and continue close cooperation with the Japanese Government.
- In response, Ambassador Ketrandji stated that the incident pained him in his heart, that the requests of the Japanese Government were a matter of course, and that he would quickly convey the requests from Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki to his government.
- Related Information (The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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