The acting US ambassador to Japan has expressed gratitude to Japan for its support and friendship in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Charge d'Affaires ad interim Raymond Greene posted a video message on his Twitter account on Saturday, Japan time, the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
Greene said that "the United States solemnly remembers the nearly 3,000 victims, including 24 Japanese citizens who lost their lives on that fateful day."
He said, "We continue to mourn alongside those who knew and loved the victims who perished in those heinous attacks."
Greene said, "We also remember the friends and allies who extended their sympathies and stood beside us in that dark hour."
He also thanked Japanese people for what he calls their tremendous demonstrations of support and enduring friendship.
Greene said, "In the wake of the attack, Japanese firefighters from Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama and Aichi joined search-and-rescue efforts at the World Trade Center."