Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation in late August for health reasons, responded to President Tommy E. Remengesau’s Twitter message with a message of gratitude.

On August 29, President Remengesau tweeted a message to the Japan PM saying, “Although I am greatly saddened by this news, I hope that the focus you will now be able to give to your medical treatment will enable you to quickly recover,” followed by a description of the close relationship between Japan and Palau.

On September 5, PM Abe responded by thanking President Remengesau for his “heartfelt message”.

He went on to praise Remengesau’s “successful leadership” as Co-Chair of the 2015 Fukushima Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting.

“I am grateful to you for your support throughout the years, during which we met nine times,” PM Abe said. “I am confident that the deep friendship which has been cultivated over the years between Japan and Palau will last forever.” 

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