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Japan's foreign minister heads to East Africa in Indo-Pacific push

Motegi will visit Mozambique, South Africa, Mauritius and TICAD host Tunisia

The Japanese-owned bulk carrier Wakashio seen in Mauritius after its oil spill in August. (Photo courtesy of the International Maritime Organization)

TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced Friday that he will be visiting four African countries next week, with a focus on pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific.

After visiting Tunisia, the host country of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) in 2022, Motegi will visit the East African nations of Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius.

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