Assassination of Shinzo Abe: World leaders pay tribute to former Japanese PM

Following the confirmation of Shinzo Abe’s death, tributes to the former Japanese prime minister poured in from foreign leaders. The shocking killing of Shinzo Abe in one of the world’s safest countries has stunned the world and drawn condemnation, with Iran calling it an ‘act of terrorism’ and Spain denouncing the ‘cowardly attack’ .

Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, expressed his shock and sadness at the terrible passing of Shinzo Abe, saying he was “shocked and devastated beyond words”.

Modi described Abe as “a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader and a remarkable administrator”.

“He dedicated his life to making Japan and the world a better place,” Modi added.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “My wife Sarah and I and all citizens of Israel mourn the assassination of a great leader of Japan and a great friend of Israel, our dear Shinzo Abe. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Akia, and the Japanese people. I will always remember him with great appreciation and great appreciation for the courageous friendship that unites us.”

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. He was a great friend and ally of Australia. My deepest condolences to his family and to the Japanese people. We mourn with you.

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The Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan tweeted “I extend my sincere condolences on the sad passing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He has made an invaluable contribution to Pakistan-Japan relations. Our prayers are with the bereaved family. At this difficult time, we stand in solidarity with the Japanese people.”

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While addressing a campaign rally in Nara, western Japan, Abe, 67, was shot from behind. He had stopped breathing and his heart had stopped when he was rushed to hospital. At the hospital, he was later pronounced dead. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2020 for health reasons. Police arrested a suspected shooter at the scene.

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