January 23, 2015 / 2:17 AM / in 3 years

Japan foreign minister: making all efforts for swift release of captives

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that Japan was making all efforts for the swift release of two men held captive by the Islamic State but added that there was no change in Tokyo’s stance of not giving in to terrorism.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida makes a policy speech on the "Special Partnership for the Era of the Indo-Pacific" at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

He said Japan was getting help from various countries and doing its best to relay its explanations of the purpose of its aid to the region to Islamic State militants.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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