President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has extended felicitations to Yoshihide Suga following his election as the new prime minister of Japan.
Taking to Twitter in a congratulatory post on Wednesday, the Maldives president noted that the government looks forward to working with Suga and his administration to further advance the already close friendship and excellent relations between both countries.
Japan’s parliament elected Suga as the country’s new prime minister following the abrupt resignation of his predecessor Shinzo Abe, after winning the leadership of the governing party held earlier this week. A poll on Wednesday assured his election to the post.
Suga, who served as Abe’s cabinet secretary will be serving as the country’s prime minister for the remaining period of Abe’s tenure.
The newly elected PM has pledged to continue his predecessor’s policies.
Maldives established political ties with Japan on November 14, 1967.
The half-a-century-old ties have been growing in different sectors over the years and Japan has been one of the top contributors for the island nation’s development.
Very recently, the government of Japan had provided a consignment of supplies worth MVR 43 million to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)’s Coastguard.