Washington: The leaders of the Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) countries have expressed deep sorrow over the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In a statement issued on Friday, the White House said, “The heads of state of Australia, India and the United States are shocked by the tragic killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abe was a transformational leader for Japan and for Japanese relations with the Quad countries.
According to the White House, Abe played a constructive role in establishing the Quad partnership. Worked tirelessly to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. “Our thoughts are with the people of Japan and Prime Minister Kishida at this time of grief,” the statement said. We will honor the memory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by redoubled our efforts towards making the Indo-Pacific region peaceful and prosperous.
Shinzo Abe, 67, was shot dead on Friday in the western Japanese city of Nara while he was delivering an election speech. The police have arrested the accused who shot Abe. He has been identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara city, who is said to be a former Navy soldier. US President Joe Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and expressed deep grief over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Joe Biden speaks to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
“The President underlined that he and the American people stand with Prime Minister Kishida and the people of Japan in this hour of grief,” the White House statement said. Joe Biden noted the importance of Shinzo Abe’s legacy with the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and the establishment of the Quad meetings of Japan, the United States, Australia, India. “The President noted our unwavering belief in the strength of Japan’s democracy, and the two leaders (Kishida and Biden) discussed how to keep Shinzo Abe’s legacy alive,” the White House said. We will continue the important work of protecting peace and democracy.
India and PM Modi also paid tribute to Shinzo Abe
India expressed grief over the demise of former Prime Minister of Japan. The Government of India expressed its condolences to Shinzo Abe’s family, friends and the people of Japan. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement, ‘Shinzo Abe was a visionary politician who worked tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. He left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of people across the world. PM Narendra Modi paid a heartfelt tribute to his ‘dear friend’ late ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
PM Modi said in the blog ‘My Friend Abe’ written in memory of Shinzo Abe, ‘Shinzo Abe was not only a great figure of Japan, but also a global politician with a huge personality. He was a great supporter of Indo-Japanese friendship. I am very sorry that he is no longer with us. In the passing of Abe, Japan and the world have lost a great visionary leader and a dear friend I have lost. In honor of the late dignitary Shinzo Abe, the Government of India has decided that there will be a day of state mourning across India on Saturday.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 09, 2022, 07:49 IST