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The government officially decided July 29 to extend Japan’s peacekeeping mission to the Golan Heights by about two years, Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama said.

The original term of the United Nations’ mission expires in February. “The extension was decided in response to an earnest request from the U.N.,” the top government spokesman said. “We understand that the mission has been evaluated highly by the U.N. and countries concerned.”

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