Kishida, Kerry reaffirm cooperation over Syria
NHK -- Sep 01
Top government officials from Japan and the US have agreed to work together to improve the situation in Syria.

In a phone call on Saturday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told US Secretary of State John Kerry that he agrees it was highly likely chemical weapons were used in Syria.

He said the use of such weapons was unacceptable on humanitarian grounds. He said the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was making the situation worse by turning a blind eye to human suffering.

A civil war has been raging in the country since 2011.

Source: NHK
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