All Monday papers reported that the UN Security Council issued a press statement on Sunday strongly denouncing the Dhaka terrorist attack as “heinous and cowardly.” Nikkei wrote that as the UNSC chair for the month of July, Japan spearheaded efforts to draft the statement without delay ahead of the Independence Day holiday in the U.S. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga emphasized on Sunday the UNSC was able to issue the statement swiftly thanks to Japan’s chairmanship.
Foreign Minister Kishida spoke by phone with Ambassador Kennedy on Sunday evening and affirmed bilateral coordination in dealing with international terrorism. According to Yomiuri, the Ambassador reportedly said to the Japanese official: “The U.S. hopes to continue to combat terrorism in coordination with Japan.” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kihara, who accompanied the victims’ families to Dhaka, met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina on Sunday and pledged Japan’s utmost support for the country’s efforts to combat extremism in coordination with the international community. Today’s papers wrote that PM Abe spoke by phone with his Italian counterpart Renzi on Monday and agreed to deepen international coordination to deal with terrorism. Nine Italians were killed in the Dhaka attack.