Japan sympathies with France following ``terror`` attacks

Monday, November 2, 2020

FM Motegi

Tokyo: (PanOrient News) Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi sent a sympathy and support message to his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, over the recent "terror attacks" in Nice, France,

“This time, a cruel assault occurred in Nice, and I am angry that multiple victims have been killed, and I firmly condemn this brutal terrorism,” wrote the Japanese foreign minister. “We would like to express our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families and extend our deepest sympathies to the injured.”

In the incident referred to in the letter, three people were fatally stabbed at a basilica in Nice by a Tunisian man, which the French authorities have deemed a terrorist attack.

The attack followed another earlier in October, in which a French teacher was beheaded by a Chechen teenager after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a free speech class.

In his message, Motegi expressed solidarity with the French government and people.

“The international community must unite and confront such acts,” he wrote. “Japan will continue to work hand-in-hand with the international community to unite and confront the heinous terrorism.” according to the letter that was distributed by the foreign ministry in Tokyo.

The Japanese foreign minister Motegi didn't mention in his message anything about the protests by many muslims in the world, including governments in Islamic countries, against France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as free speech.

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