President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. conveyed Palau’s gratitude to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the years of support and steadfast friendship with Palau in a letter, also wishing him speedy recovery.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had announced that he was stepping down as a Prime Minister last week due to health reasons. He is the longest serving Prime Minister of Japan in history having served four terms as prime minister.
In his letter, Remengesau said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Abe, the relationship between Palau and Japan grew stronger and closer.
“Your government has remained a steadfast and dependable friend to Palau,” expressed Remengesau. He added that under Abe’s leadership, he had put effort into re-invigorating Japan tourism to Palau, and was set to have significant impact on Palau’s economy until it was “derailed” by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that under Abe’s leadership, Japan plays a vital role in the effort to maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific and that he will be missed.
Remengesau conveyed his best wishes for speedy recovery.

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