Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Formation of the New Government in Iraq
September 9, 2014
1. On September 8 the Iraqi Parliament approved the Cabinet Ministers' list submitted by Prime Minister designate Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, and the new Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Al-Abadi was formed.
2. The Government of Japan highly appreciates the efforts thus far of the various political forces within Iraq toward forming the new government promptly, and welcomes the formation of the inclusive new government in Iraq. The Government of Japan also expects that initiatives aimed at national reconciliation and national unity in Iraq will progress under Prime Minister Al-Abadi.
3. The Government of Japan also intends to exchange views with the new Iraqi government regarding cooperation aimed at further enhancing bilateral relations and dealing with the various challenges faced in the Middle East region.
4. The Government of Japan continues to support the Government of Iraq's fight against terrorism by armed insurgents, beginning with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), along with supporting this fight against terrorism in partnership with the international community.