Washington: US President Donald Trump has expressed sadness over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to leave his post due to deteriorating health.
Abe announced his resignation from the post of Prime Minister on Friday due to the deteriorating health caused by inflammatory bowel disease. Abe said he would continue to participate in political life and contest elections.
“I want to pay my highest respect to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a very great friend of mine. We’ve had a great relationship and I just feel very badly about it, because it must be very severe for him to leave. He loves his country so much and for him to leave, you know, I just can’t imagine what it is. He’s a great gentleman and so I’m just paying my highest respect,” Trump told reporters on late Friday.
Abe has served as the prime minister of Japan for two stints, first in 2006-2007 and for his second stint started in 2012.
He would remain in office till his replacement is selected. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Abe, is likely to hold a leadership election in September. Kyodo reported on Saturday that Trump and Abe would hold talks over the phone on Monday.