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Japan's SDF to end South Sudan mission in May

Prime Minister Abe says troops will leave after finishing construction duties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a National Security Council meeting at his official residence in Tokyo.on March 10.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will withdraw its Ground Self-Defense Force troops from a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan around the end of May, when their current duties, including road-building, are expected to be completed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.

Abe, who spoke to reporters after attending a meeting of the National Security Council in Tokyo, said the troops would depart as soon as they complete their work.

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