Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Egypt

August 14, 2013
Japanese

  1. 1. On August 14, Egyptian security forces started clearing out demonstrators sympathetic to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, resulting in a large number of casualties. Japan deeply deplores and expresses strong concern that this situation has arisen despite the effort of the international community, including Japan, to urge all relevant parties to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility up to now.

    2. Japan reiterates its position to strongly urge all relevant parties to desist from acts of violence and behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility. 

    3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also take necessary measures to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens and Japanese tourists present in the country.

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* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.