WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump has expressed regret over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to leave his post due to deteriorating health condition.
On Friday, Abe officially announced his decision to resign for health reasons. He has already informed the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, of which he is the leader, and Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of the Komeito party, a part of the ruling coalition.
“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 was the prime minister of Japan in 2006-2007 and has been heading the national government again since 2012.