FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the eighth trilateral leaders’ assembly between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province December 24, 2019. Wang Zhao/Pool by way of REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is continuing as deliberate with a visit to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman from the weekend, public broadcaster NHK mentioned on Thursday.

This week, Japan mentioned it might persist with plans to deploy its Self-Protection Forces to the Center East to make sure the protection of its ships, regardless of heightened pressure after america’s killing of an Iranian navy commander, though media reported that Abe’s journey had been referred to as off.

Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez

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