The United Nations has appreciated the tenure of the outgoing Prime Minister of Japan Shijo Abe. Mr. Abe announced his resignation on Friday due to health reasons. He will, however, continue in office until the ruling Liberal Democratic Party chooses a new leader.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spokesman Stephen Dujarric said, "The Secretary-General of the United Nations wishes for Abe's recovery, and we applaud Abe's tenure as Japan's longest Prime Minister and his decision on global challenges with the United Nations."
The spokesman said that the Secretary-General has a close relationship with Mr. Abe. They have worked together on many issues.