Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a series of terrorist attacks in Iraq

July 4, 2013
Japanese

    1. Japan has been greatly shocked and is indignant at the continuous terrorist attacks in many parts of Iraq, including the latest attacks in Baghdad and other cities such as Basra and Kirkuk from July 1 to 3, which caused many deaths and injuries. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed in the attacks and their bereaved families.
    2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan condemns these atrocious acts of terrorism that indiscriminately target innocent people.
    3. Japan hopes that despite these despicable acts of terrorism, the Government of Iraq and its people will continue to tackle their domestic problems through further progress in national reconciliation and the political and democratic process. Japan will continue to support such efforts of the Iraqi government and people.

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* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.