Japan welcomed the new U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan but will stick with its $5 billion pledge to aid to the war-torn country and has no immediate plans to expand its assistance, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Wednesday.

“We welcome (the fact) that the president himself revealed the (U.S) strategy in Afghanistan,” Hirano told reporters following an announcement by President Barack Obama that he is sending 30,000 more troops to the country.

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