Kono Visits Oman To Explain Sdf Mission

Kono visits Oman to explain SDF mission

Japan's Defense Minister has visited Oman to explain a plan to use an Omani port to provide supplies for a Japanese Self-Defense Force ship.

Taro Kono met with Omani Defense Minister Sayyid Badr bin Saud al-Busaidi on Sunday, two days after Japan's Cabinet approved a plan to send an SDF destroyer to the Middle East and to use SDF aircraft that are based in the East African nation of Djibouti.

Japan plans to begin the mission in February to ensure commercial ships with ties to Japan can safely navigate in the Middle East.

Kono told Badr that the ship and the aircraft are likely to be deployed in areas including the Gulf of Oman and the northern part of the Arabian Sea, and asked for his understanding.

Kono told reporters that he thinks the response from his Omani counterpart was positive as the Japanese mission will be beneficial for regional stability.

Kono expressed hope to deepen ties with Oman based on past activities. The Maritime Self-Defense Force has made port calls in the country.