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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may go to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in mid-January as part of a planned trip to the Middle East that is intended to explain Tokyo’s plans to send Self-Defense Forces personnel to the region, government sources said Thursday.

The government is considering the dispatch of a destroyer and a P3-C patrol plane to enhance information-gathering capabilities and ensure the safe navigation of ships. The Cabinet is expected to endorse the plan by the end of the year.

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