Japanese troops to withdraw from South Sudan after five-year-long mission: PM Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday a plan to pull the nation's engineering troops from South Sudan in May after five years of a peace-keeping mission.

Published: 10th March 2017 05:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2017 05:08 PM   |  A+A-

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (File Photo | AP)

By AFP

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday a plan to pull the nation's engineering troops from South Sudan in May after five years of a peace-keeping 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.

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, was engulfed by a civil war in 2013 and faces various humanitarian crises such as famine.

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