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Japan's Abe woos Africa with funds for peace and security

Published on Jan 14, 2014 8:46 PM

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wooed Africa on Tuesday pledging financial packages to boost peace and security on the continent, which has become a key trading partner with China.

"In order to respond to conflicts and disasters in Africa, Japan is now preparing to implement assistance of approximately US$320 million (S$406 million)," Mr Abe said in his policy speech for the continent at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As part of that deal, Mr Abe pledged US$25 million to address the crisis in South Sudan, where fighting between government forces and rebels has taken the world's youngest nation to the brink of all-out civil war.

On Monday, Mr Abe urged warring South Sudanese parties to sign a ceasefire after weeks of violence that has left thousands dead.

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