Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Egypt
October 7, 2013
1. On October 6, clashes that broke out between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt resulted 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.
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, and hopes that the interim government of Egypt stabilizes public order promptly, implements its roadmap appropriately, and advances a comprehensive democratization process to bring about national reconciliation.
3. Japan continues to request that the interim government of Egypt ensures the safety of Japanese citizens and Japanese tourists present in Egypt, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will also take necessary measures to ensure their safety.