Japan will work closely with ally United States on Afghanistan response -PM Suga

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TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Japan will work closely with its military ally the United States on responding to the situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban has seized power, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Tokyo, Suga also said Japan will prioritise ensuring safety of Japanese citizens in Afghanistan.

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Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Catherine Evans

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