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Japan troops to withdraw from South Sudan

AFP , Friday 10 Mar 2017
Shinzo Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the upper house parliamentary session after reports on North Korea's missile launches, in Tokyo, Japan, March 6, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday a plan to pull the nation's engineering troops from South Sudan in May after five years of a peacekeeping mission.

"As South Sudan's nation-building reaches a new stage, I assessed that the Self Defense Force's construction and maintenance work in Juba has reached" an appropriate point to end, Abe told reporters.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stressed at a separate news conference that it was not due to a deterioration in security in the area, according to Kyodo News.

Currently roughly 350 Japanese military engineer troops are in the violence-hit nation as part of the UN peacekeeping mission to perform tasks such as road construction and maintenance.

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