U.S. Charter Plane to Evacuate Citizens from Diamond Princess

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Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)--The United States will send a charter plane to evacuate U.S. citizens from the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off Japan, the U.S. embassy in Tokyo said Saturday.

The plane will arrive in Japan on Sunday night, the embassy said. It will likely depart Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in the early hours of Monday, according to sources with expertise on Japan-U.S. affairs.

In the German city of Munich, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed close cooperation on the matter.

Motegi said Tokyo will cooperate with any other countries that want to evacuate their citizens from the ship early, if they arrange flights or other means of transportation.

The U.S.-chartered plane is set to take the evacuees from the Diamond Princess to a U.S. Air Force base in California. They will undergo further quarantine of 14 days.

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