Washington, August 31
US President Donald Trump has hailed Shinzo Abe because the “greatest” prime minister in Japan’s historical past throughout a telephonic dialog between the 2 leaders.
Abe, 65, on Friday introduced that he intends to step down due to poor well being, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis, ending a tenure as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
President Trump on Sunday night time telephoned Abe throughout which the 2 leaders spoke at size and mirrored on the final 4 years.
“The two leaders remarked that their relationship is extraordinary; the President called Prime Minister Abe the greatest prime minister in Japan’s history,” the White House mentioned in a readout of the decision.
This was the primary cellphone name between the 2 leaders after Abe’s announcement to resign.
“The President said that Prime Minister Abe has done a fantastic job and that the relationship between the United States and Japan is better today than it has ever been,” the White House mentioned.
“Although Prime Minister Abe will be leaving his position soon, the President noted that he will undoubtedly keep playing a big role in the future of Japan,” it mentioned, including that the leaders mentioned they stay up for persevering with their fantastic friendship for years to return.
Abe, whose time period ends in September 2021, is anticipated to remain on till a brand new get together chief is elected and formally authorized by Parliament.
On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the US deeply values the enduring contributions of Abe in making the US-Japan relationship the strongest it has ever been.
“He championed our alliance as a cornerstone of peace and security and he advanced a free and open Indo-Pacific by working with the United States to build a network of partnerships across the region,” Pompeo mentioned.
In a separate assertion, Senator Ted Cruz mentioned he’s saddened to listen to that Abe is resigning as a consequence of well being causes.
“In the last eight years, he has countered the Chinese Communist Party’s expanding influence and has been the strongest Japanese prime minister to do so since 1946,” the Texas Senator mentioned.
“He has called for Taiwan’s inclusion in international organizations and he has also rebuilt much of the Japanese military, which, thanks to his leadership, is now doing military exercises with our allies Australia and India. Prime Minister Abe has also met with the threat posed by North Korea with strength,” Cruz mentioned.
Abe turned Japan’s youngest prime minister in 2006, at age 52, however his first stint abruptly ended a 12 months later due to his well being. In December 2012, he returned to energy. He is credited with bolstering Japan’s defence function and functionality and its safety alliance with the US.
Abe on Monday final turned Japan’s longest serving prime minister by consecutive days in workplace, eclipsing the document of Eisaku Sato, his great-uncle, who served 2,798 days from 1964 to 1972. PTI