TOKYO: Japan on Thursday condemned Monday’s attack on Bahrain Defense Force soldiers in southern Saudi Arabia that left two military personnel dead and several others wounded.
A third Bahraini serviceman has since reportedly died from injuries sustained in the assault which is being blamed on the Iran-backed Houthis.
In a statement, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said: “The government of Japan condemns this attack and expresses its concern that it could run counter to the ongoing efforts of the political dialogue in Yemen to bring about a permanent peace from the current de-facto ceasefire.
“The government of Japan expresses its heartfelt condolences to the victims and their bereaved families and prays for the early recovery of the injured.”
The statement added that Tokyo was dedicated to helping with the peace process for the region.
“The government of Japan strongly hopes that a dialogue among the Yemeni people will be held as soon as possible to realize peace and stability in Yemen, and in cooperation with the United Nations and countries concerned, will continue to extend necessary assistance and diplomatic efforts toward achieving this goal,” the ministry said.