Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on the recent security situation in Iraq
August 12, 2013
1. Japan has been strongly concerned about the worsening of the recent security situation in Iraq, and has been greatly shocked and is indignant at the latest series of terrorist attacks on August 10 in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq, which targeted citizens celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and caused many deaths and injuries. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed in the attacks and their bereaved families.
2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan condemns these atrocious acts of terrorism that indiscriminately target innocent people.
3. Japan hopes that despite these despicable acts of terrorism, the Government of Iraq and its people will continue to tackle their domestic problems through further progress in national reconciliation and the political and democratic process. Japan will continue to support such efforts of the Iraqi government and people.
* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.