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PM Abe pledges solidarity with other nations to fight terrorism

(Yomiuri: November 16, 2015 – p. 1)


 By Junya Hashimoto in Antalya, Turkey


 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appealed for the need for all countries to work together to fight terrorism in Antalya, where he is visiting.


 In his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the morning of Nov. 15 (evening of Nov. 15 in Japan), he stated emphatically: “This is a challenge to the values that we share and defend. The international community should unite and condemn this act staunchly.”


 Juncker responded: “This is not only an attack on the citizens of Paris, but also an attack on our shared values.”


 Abe commented on the terrorist attacks in Paris on the afternoon of Nov. 15 (evening of Nov. 15 in Japan) at the luncheon held immediately after the opening of the G20 Summit. He said: “We are overcome with great shock and indignation. I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the attacks and pledge our solidarity with President Francois Hollande, who is leading the efforts to deal with this crisis, the French government, and its people.”


 Abe met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was attending the summit on behalf of Hollande, before lunch. He told the foreign minister: “Japan stands with France. We will do everything possible to help.” Fabius said: “I convey our heartfelt gratitude for your warm words.”

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