Guwahati: Following the news of the death of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced one-day national mourning as a mark of respect.
“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,” Said PM Modi in a tweet.
PM also paid his respects to Shinzo Abe and said “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 making Japan and the world a better place.”
Recalling his recent meeting with Abe, Pm Modi tweeted “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.”
Commenting on their relation of mutual trust and friendship, PM added that “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.”
The Prime Minister also stated that his association with Shinzo Abe went back to the times when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Speaking on the contribution of Abe in India-Japan relations, the Prime Minister tweeted “Mr. 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.”
Shinzo Abe was awarded Padma Vibhushan by the Indian government in 2021.