Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on clashes in Egypt
TOKYO, Japan, January 30, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Clashes occurred in Egypt between demonstrators criticizing the Government and security forces on January 25 (local time), the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. In addition, on January 26 (local time), a riot broke out in relation to a court ruling concerning an incident of violence that took place after a soccer match in Port Said in February 2012, and killed and injured many people over two days.
Japan is deeply concerned by this state of affairs and expresses condolences for all of the victims of these clashes and their families. Japan also calls on all those involved for the maximum restraint and responsible behavior without use of violence. Furthermore, Japan expects the smooth and peaceful progress of the political process in Egypt.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of any Japanese citizens visiting or residing in Egypt.
Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs