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Japan to give $148.4m to stabilise Sahel region, says govt

Published on Jan 29, 2013 12:52 PM

TOKYO, Jan 29, 2013 (AFP) - Japan said on Tuesday it would give US$120 million (S$148.4 million) of new cash to help stabilise the Islamist-infested Sahel region of North Africa, days after 10 Japanese were killed when jihadists stormed an Algerian gas plant.

"The Japanese government plans to give an additional US$120 million to help stabilise Mali and the Sahel region," Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

"This is to help the region to strengthen governance and security, including aid for peacekeeping operations."

Japan was hit hard by the four-day siege in the Algerian desert, when heavily-armed militants took hundreds of people hostage.

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