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Telephone Talk between Foreign Minister Kishida and Ambassador Kennedy

July 3, 2016

On July 3, commencing at 5:20 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with Ms. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Ambassador Kennedy offered her condolences for the loss of Japanese lives due to the terror attack in Bangladesh, and stated that the such terror attack can never be allowed, that the U.S. Government intends to continue to fight terrorism together with the Japanese Government, that she would like to hear anything about what the U.S. Government can do for Japan, and that U.S. Government will cooperate with Japan so that the Japan-U.S. alliance would continue to contribute to peace and stability in the region.

2. In response, Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for her heartwarming words of condolence and offered his condolences for the American victim in this incident, and stated that he had dispatched Mr. Seiji Kihara, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, to deal with the situation, that he felt strong resentment that innocent lives had been taken away by an atrocious and inhuman act of terror, that terrorism is not to be tolerated for any reason whatsoever and Japan firmly condemns it, and that Japan intends to collaborate with the United States and other members of the international community and would like to undertake efforts to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.

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