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Japan pledges to continue support for Iraqi reconstruction after Saddam execution

Japan pledges to continue support for Iraqi reconstruction after Saddam execution

Japan pledged Saturday continued supporting for the Iraqi government's reconstruction efforts following the execution of former President Saddam Hussein.
"Iraq has been going through internal difficulties. We expect Iraq to become a stable country and will continue to support it in partnership with the international community," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement, without commenting specifically on Saddam's execution.
The 69-year-old Iraqi leader was executed Saturday for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982.
Tokyo has been airlifting U.N. and U.S.-led coalition personnel and supplies into Baghdad and other Iraqi cities from nearby Kuwait since earlier this year as part of Iraq's reconstruction efforts.
Japan backed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and provided ground troops for a non-combat, humanitarian mission in the southern city of Samawah. Japan withdrew its soldiers in July, and has since expanded its Kuwait-based air operations.


Updated : 2021-04-15 05:18 GMT+08:00