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Message of condolences from Foreign Minister Taro Kono following the shooting incident in Christchurch, New Zealand

March 15, 2019

On March 15, following the shooting incident in the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mr. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan sent the following message of condolences to Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand.

“Dear Minister Peters,

Japan firmly condemns the atrocious terrorist attack carried out in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15th March. I extend my sincere condolences to those who lost their lives and their bereaved families and express sympathy for those injured.

The people of Japan share the same pain that the people of New Zealand are feeling. Such brutal act of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. Japan expresses its sincere solidarity with New Zealand in overcoming this difficult time.

Taro Kono
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan”

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