Declaration by the Prime Minister of Iraq (regarding the Liberation of all Iraqi territories from ISIL)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
1. On December 10 (December 9, local time), H.E. Dr. Haider Abadi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, announced the liberation of all Iraqi territories from ISIL. Japan extends its congratulations on this important step towards peace and stability in Iraq.
2. Japan highly values the solidarity and cooperation of the people of Iraq to combat terrorism, overcoming differences in home region, religion and ethnic group. We also wish to express our condolences for those who lost their lives. Japan will extend its utmost support for the efforts of the people of Iraq to take advantage of their solidarity and peacefully resolve outstanding domestic issues, based on the Iraqi constitution and constructive dialogues, in order to prevent the recurrence of violent extremism.