Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The latter was attacked on July 8 in the city of Nara during a campaign speech and died later that day.
Shinzo Abe was shot at about 11:30 am local time in Nara on July 8, east of Osaka, while delivering an election campaign speech on the street. He was taken to the hospital, where Abe was pronounced dead at 5:03 pm.
PM Modi met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida ahead of the state funeral ceremony for Shinzo Abe. Apart from PM Modi, nearly 50 former and current world figures have flown into Japan for the ceremony as the country is divided over the state funeral given to former PM Shinzo Abe.
-PM MODI PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEAR FRIEND SHINZO ABE
PM Modi paid his tributes to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the state funeral in Tokyo on Tuesday.
India is missing former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, PM Modi had said earlier today during his meeting with current PM Fumio Kishida.
–PM MODI AND OTHER WORLD LEADERS ATTEND ABE’S STATE FUNERAL
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined world leaders on Tuesday for the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. US Vice President Kamala Harris was also present.
With tight security in place, a car carrying Abe’s cremated remains arrived at the venue from his family home for the first of its kind ceremony for a former premier in decades, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported.
PM Modi conveyed his deepest condolences for the demise of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. PM Modi noted the contributions of late Prime Minister Abe in strengthening the India-Japan partnership as well as conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
Expressing grief over Abe’s demise, PM Modi said during his meet with Kishida, “We are meeting during this sad time. I would have never imagined such news. He [Abe] played a vital role in making India-Japan a solid relationship. I am confident that our relationship will become more muscular under your [Kishida] leadership.
“The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on further deepening bilateral relations; a statement added that they also discussed several regional and global issues. The leaders renewed their commitment to further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and working together in the region and various international groupings and institutions.