Tibetan leaders wish Japanese PM Abe speedy recovery

DHARAMSALA, 31 Aug:  The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as the political head of the Tibetan people, Dr Lobsang Sangay have both offered their prayers for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successful treatment and quick recovery after he resigned from office due to worsening health.

Applauding the longest-serving prime minister of Japan for putting country before self, the Dalai Lama has said in a missive addressed to Abe that “It is admirable that you have considered the greater good of the country and decided to step down from the position of Prime Minister in order to receive medical attention.”

The octogenarian Tibetan leader further commended Abe for his “leadership and dedication to the service of others,” that the former said contributed to making Japan respected the world over.

“I pray that your treatment will be successful,” the Dalai Lama concluded.

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay has described Japan a vocal supporter for the restoration of freedom and human rights in Tibet and the Middle Way Approach of the CTA that seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.

“On behalf of the Tibetan people, I offer prayers for your successful treatment and quick recovery. We would also like to express our profound gratitude for the unwavering support for the resolution of the Tibet issue through dialogue during your leadership,” President Sangay has said.

The political head of the Tibetan people has further thanked Abe for his instrumental role in establishing the All Party Japanese Parliamentary Support Group of Tibet, which is the world’s largest Parliamentary Support Group with 93 parliamentarians across party lines.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced his resignation for health reasons on 28 August stating that he could not be the prime minister if he could not make the best decisions for the people.

On 20 November 2019, Shinzo Abe became the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Japan’s constitutional government, at 2,887 days, surpassing the previous record held by Katsura Tarō.

He will remain in his post until a successor is chosen.

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