ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated Yoshihide Suga on stepping into his new role as prime minister of Japan.
Saga, 71, was voted prime minister by parliament’s Lower House a day earlier, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years. He was sworn into office later in the day, taking the helm from Shinzo Abe who stepped down due to poor health.
Khan, in a tweet, said he looks “forward to working with him for further strengthening Pakistan-Japan friendship and our increasing cooperation”.
Congratulations to Excellency Yoshihide Suga on his election as the new Prime Minister of Japan. I look forward to working with him for further strengthening Pakistan-Japan friendship and our increasing cooperation @sugawitter
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 17, 2020
Khan had earlier this month also sent wishes to the outgoing premier, Abe, saying bilateral ties were “further strengthened under his leadership”.
Great progress has been made in Pakistan – Japan ties under PM @AbeShinzo,🇵🇰 – 🇯🇵, with relations being further strengthened under his leadership, leading to enhanced cooperation in all areas. We send our best wishes for his good health and future endeavours.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 28, 2020
The prime minister had also wished recovery to Abe.