December 8, 2005

WHAT AN ALLY DOES:

SDF mission in Iraq extended; June exit planned (KANAKO TAKAHARA, 12/09/05, Japan Times)

The government formally endorsed a revised plan Thursday to extend the Ground Self-Defense Force's humanitarian mission in Samawah, southern Iraq, for another year while at the same time signaling the troops' withdrawal by next summer. [...]

The Iraqi Embassy in Japan and British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed the Japanese government's decision Thursday to extend the mission of the Self-Defense Forces in Iraq.

Blair sent a message to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, saying he "warmly" welcomes the extended mission, knowing that the "decision cannot have been easy."

Jordanian King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi agreed Thursday to continue cooperating on Iraq's reconstruction, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2005 7:39 PM
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