World Bulletin / News Desk
UNMISS spokesman Daniel Dickinson told a local radio on Monday that the first batch is expected to leave on Monday and the other two would follow later.
“Some contingents of Japanese troops will begin their pullout Monday, the rest will systematically follow. We appreciate their efforts and their services and dedication to the people of South Sudan,” he said.
Japan started contributing with 350 strong military contingents to the UN mission in South Sudan in 2012 to assist in construction of roads and other infrastructure.
The Japanese government announced the withdrawal of its troops from UN mission in South Sudan in March, just four months after the Japanese government decided to assign the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel the new role.
They were given a role of coming to the aid of others in the event of an attack following renewed clashes in the capital of Juba between South Sudanese rival forces last July that left 300 people dead including two China peacekeepers.
The security situation in troubled East African nation has been heavily debated in the Japanese parliament, as GSDF members are not allowed by their constitution to engage in combat activities as part of what the government calls “an international armed conflict”.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been torn mired in deadly conflict between government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing former Vice President Riek Machar. Fighting since has torn the country along ethnic lines, killing tens of thousands and displacing three million from their homes.
The comments from Fumio Kishida come after four years of talks, with negotiators working toward signing a deal at a G20 meeting in Hamburg next week.
Xi's visit this week comes at a time when fears are growing that Beijing is tightening its grip on semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
Chairman of MILF peace panel says group’s actions will always have to be coordinated with government.
Around 180 injured remain hospitalized after Friday's attacks in Quetta and Parachinar cities
It was the latest dispute in an decades-long argument over who in the Communist country has the authority to appoint bishops.
President Moon Jae-in’s administration demonstrates willingness to improve inter-Korean ties
Pyongyang’s state media claims Donald Trump’s America surpasses 20th century examples of fascism
The two countries have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their border, with both sides accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory.
Maryam Nawaz, who is considered Sharif’s political heir, has been summoned on July 5
The facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, is the home port of destroyer USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a cargo ship in a busy shipping channel off Japan's coast.
The result of Monday's vote was put off by several hours, angering supporters of the losing candidate who protested the delay as suspicious.
The ruling is likely to reignite anger over a perceived bias in Thailand's court system, which is seen as overwhelmingly tilted in favour of the conservative, army-allied political faction the gunman was linked to.
The latest attack came a week after nuclear-armed Pyongyang called Trump a "lunatic" as tensions rose following the death of US student Otto Warmbier, who was detained for 18 months in the North and then sent home in a coma.
Muslim political organization Jamiat-e-Ulema cancels annual Eid celebration
Pro-democracy activists including high-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong draped a black flag over a statue symbolising Hong Kong's return to China in an early morning act of defiance.
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labelled North Korea as "the most urgent and dangerous threat" while Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons programme a top foreign policy priority.