File photo of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
File photo of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi expresses shock and sadness at the demise of Shinzo Abe

New Delhi, July 8, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was "shocked and saddened beyond words" at the demise of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated by a gunman in the city of Nara in Japan earlier in the day.

“I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place," Modi said on Twitter.

“My association with Mr. Abe goes back many years. I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me.

“During my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Abe again and discuss many issues. He was witty and insightful as always. Little did I know that this would be our last meeting. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the Japanese people," the Prime Minister.

Modi said Abe made an immense contribution to elevating India-Japan relations to the level of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

"Today, whole India mourns with Japan and we stand in solidarity with our Japanese brothers and sisters in this difficult moment.

“As a mark of our deepest respect for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, a one-day national mourning shall be observed on 9 July 2022," he added.

Modi shared a picture from his most recent meeting with Abe in Tokyo.

"Always passionate about strengthening India-Japan ties, he had just taken over as the Chairman of the Japan-India Association," he recalled.

NNN

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