Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Recent Situation in Iraq
1. The Government of Japan welcomes the approval of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s appointed cabinet members, including the defense minister and interior minister, by the Iraqi parliament on October 18. The Government of Japan hopes that the Government of Iraq will further promote national reconciliation among its citizens that transcends differences between the religious groups and effectively address the various problems it faces.
2. While there is this positive development, the Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the frequent occurrence of recent terrorist attacks seemingly carried out by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) across Iraq and the many victims resulting from these attacks.
3. The Government of Japan strongly condemns these attacks and continues to support the counter terrorism efforts by the Government of Iraq.