St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris (left) and Japan's Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- His Excellency Yoshihide Suga on being elected the new Prime Minister of Japan, has been sent a letter extending congratulations from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.


Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe resigned in August for health reasons.

Mr. Suga’s election to the Office of Prime Minister on September 16 follows the sudden resignation of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August of this year for health reasons. Mr. Abe is Japan’s longest serving prime minister.

Prime Minister Dr. Harris said in his letter to Prime Minister Suga:
“While your appointment comes at one of the most challenging times of the modern world, I am confident that under wise and astute leadership Japan will continue to chart its course towards a stronger and more prosperous nation.”

Dr. Harris noted that St. Kitts and Nevis values highly the longstanding and cordial ties between both countries that have redounded to the mutual benefit of the people.

“Japan is one of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region’s strongest supporters,” the letter said, “in the areas of disaster preparedness and risk mitigation, fisheries and climate change.

“Even at this time as our region is confronted by health and natural disasters, we are better prepared to affect an immediate and coordinated response thanks to the resources, training and expertise Japan has rendered to the region.”

In a separate letter to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Dr. Harris thanked him for his years of yeoman service to the people of Japan, noting that Mr. Abe deserves the highest commendations for his stellar leadership, not only in Japan but across the Asian region.

Dr. Harris told His Excellency Abe that, “St. Kitts and Nevis and Japan have enjoyed dynamic relations built on our shared values, democracy and rule of law. Thanks to your vision and understanding of the challenges faced by small island states, you worked assiduously to advance the CARICOM-Japan partnership when you visited the Caribbean for the First Japan CARICOM Summit in 2014, which was designated “Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year.”

“This partnership has improved the technical capacity of our people and contributed to the advancement of our climate change resilience efforts throughout the region. I am confident that the relationship between our two countries will continue to grow from strength to strength under your successor,” Prime Minister Harris added.