Japan to Send SDF Officers to Sinai


Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan will dispatch two Ground Self-Defense Force officers to a multinational peacekeeping force that oversees a ceasefire in the Egypt-Israel border zone as soon as April, the government said Wednesday.

The dispatch to the command of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai will be Japan's first case of international peace cooperation activity outside of the United Nations' supervision, a new role of the Self-Defense Forces under the 2015 national security laws.

The MFO command is located in Sharm el-Sheikh in the southern part of the peninsula. The GSDF officers are expected to serve as a liaison between Egypt and Israel.

The government made the decision on the dispatch at a meeting of its National Security Council on Wednesday. Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya will shortly instruct the SDF to prepare for the dispatch.

The decision came after Kentaro Sonoura, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visited there on Feb. 2-3.

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