Govt to offer $6 mil. aid to South Sudan

Jiji Press KUMAMOTO (Jiji Press) — Japan will provide South Sudan with $6 million of aid for food and other items, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday, after Tokyo recently decided to withdraw Ground Self-Defense Force engineering troops from the African nation.

“Japan will help South Sudan make progress in the political process, promote comprehensive national dialogue and foster human resources, and will also enhance food and other humanitarian assistance,” he told reporters in Kumamoto.

The government will shortly compile and announce a package of support measures for South Sudan, Kishida said.

On Friday, the government announced the decision to withdraw about 350 GSDF troops taking part in the U.N. Mission in South Sudan at the end of May.

On his planned meeting with new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is slated to visit Japan from Wednesday, Kishida stressed the two sides’ intention to confirm bilateral cooperation and trilateral collaboration among the two countries plus South Korea in dealing with a series of provocative actions by North Korea.

“I hope that we will steadily coordinate policy and share a strategic goal,” Kishida said.

As to a Japan-South Korea agreement in December 2015 to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the issue of Korean comfort women, Kishida said he wants to share the view with the U.S. side that both Tokyo and Seoul have large responsibilities to implement measures stipulated in the accord.Speech

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