Japan’s Self Defence Force will withdraw from United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after 5 years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday.
The troops will return home around the end of May, ending the five year mission in the war-torn country.
Abe said Japan would not renew the mission after the current rotation returns in May, VOA reports.
The troops primary mission in the country has been to build infrastructure.
Despite this move, Abe said Japan would continue to assist South Sudan in other ways such as with food and humanitarian support, and will keep some personnel at the U.N. peacekeeping command office.