Japan will offer $26 million in emergency aid to fight famine in six African and Middle Eastern countries, including $6 million for South Sudan, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.
The aid for South Sudan comes after the Japanese government announced the withdrawal of its troops from U.N. peacekeeping operation in the conflict-stricken country but vowed to stay committed to continue humanitarian assistance.
The other recipients of the aid approved by the cabinet are Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, Kishida said.
“The sense of crisis (toward famine) of the international community is extremely large,” Kishida said. “Japan will continue to offer assistance.”