Vientiane, 31 August 2020
I was shocked to learn of Your Excellency’s sudden resignation due to health problem.
Over the past years of working closely with Your Excellency, I have a strong impression in our friendship as well as the strengthening of good cooperation between the Lao PDR and Japan, which has been further developed and elevated to a strategic partnership in 2015. In this regard, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the Government and people of Japan, especially Your Excellency for attention and consideration in response to the Lao Government’s request to support the Social-economic development in the Lao PDR as well as to address the Macro-economic difficulty of the Lao PDR over the past years.
The Lao PDR reaffirms its consistent commitment to work with Japan in order to further promote such friendly relations and good cooperation existing between the Lao PDR and Japan, as well as to fruitfully implement our strategic partnership for mutual benefits of our two nations and cooperation for development in the region and the world at large.
I sincerely wish Your Excellency good health, speedy recovery and I wish the Japanese people continued progress and prosperity.
My best wishes,
H.E. Mr. ABE Shinzo
Prime Minister of Japan