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Coronavirus pandemic beginning to affect SDF’s overseas activities

  • April 19, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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The Sunday edition of Yomiuri reported that the coronavirus pandemic is beginning to affect the SDF’s overseas missions and the Defense Ministry is closely monitoring the situation with their possible suspension in mind. According to the paper, although the MSDF P-3C aircraft unit that has deployed in the Middle East since January was supposed to be replaced this month, the MOD has decided to only replace the aircraft and have the 60 troops continue their mission for the time being due to the strict entry restrictions currently being enforced by the Djibouti government. The daily wrote that there are also two MSDF destroyers in waters off Somalia, saying that although their crews are allowed to obtain supplies at the port of Oman, they are not allowed to disembark. The two GSDF officials dispatched for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to oversee the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel are also reportedly facing a similar situation because replacing them later this month as scheduled appears difficult. Kono reportedly told the press that SDF members may have to be withdrawn in the worst-case scenario.

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