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PM Imran felicitates Japan’s newly-elected counterpart

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday felicitated Japan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Yoshida Suga who succeeded Shinzo Abe after the latter had decided to step down owing to health reasons.

In a tweet, the premier congratulated his Japanese counterpart and said: “I look forward to working with him for further strengthening Pakistan-Japan friendship and our increasing cooperation.”

On Wednesday, Japan’s parliament had elected Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister with a massive support.

Suga, 71, won an easy victory, taking 314 votes of 462 valid ballots cast in the lower house of parliament, where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds a commanding majority with its coalition partner.

The former chief cabinet secretary is expected to stick closely to policies championed by Abe during his record-breaking tenure.

Earlier, PM Imran, in a tweet, had expressed his best wishes for the outgoing Japanese premier’s good health and future endeavours after he announced to quit over health issues.

“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,” the prime minister had noted.

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