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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has expressed full support for Japan’s dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and patrol aircraft to the Middle East, during a meeting with visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.

At the talks, held in Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia’s northwest, Abe sought Riyadh’s understanding and cooperation for the MSDF mission in the sea off Yemen and Oman, which Tokyo says is aimed at gathering information to ensure the safe navigation of ships in the region, including those owned or operated by Japan.

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