By Yohei Maeda in Nairobi
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who is now visiting Kenya, met with South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Deng Alor Kuol on Aug. 26 (Aug. 27, Japan Time). Kishida told his South Sudan counterpart that it is “regrettable” that Japanese nationals living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, were exposed to danger because of the deteriorating security situation there in July. He then said that ensuring safety is a precondition for Japan’s support activities. He also sought cooperation for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) in which Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have participated.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) workers in Juba were evacuated from South Sudan because the conflict there escalated in July.
Alor said, “Everybody in South Sudan knows the name of JICA,” and expressed hope for Japan to resume its economic cooperation at an early date.