World leaders mourned the death of Shinzo Abe, strongly condemning the attack. World leaders mourn the death of Shinzo Abe, also strongly condemned the attack

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Shinzo Abe

Highlights

  • Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot
  • Many world leaders strongly condemned the attack
  • The assailant was arrested from the scene

Reactions of the world’s leading leaders: Many world leaders strongly condemned the attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday and called it a shocking incident. Abe, 67, was shot during an election event west of Nara, Japan, and flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have arrested a suspect at the scene. Abe was the longest-serving prime minister in the country, before resigning due to health problems in 2020. This incident in Japan, considered one of the safest countries in the world, has shocked not only Japan but also people around the world.

World leaders condemn the attack

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the incident “costly and barbaric.” Turkish leaders in Singapore condemned the attack and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the shooting as an “abominable act”. Johnson tweeted: “His global leadership will always be remembered. My condolences to his family, friends and the Japanese people. The UK is by your side at this sad time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Abe’s death and said he dedicated his entire life to making Japan and the world a better place. In a series of tweets, Modi said: “I am shocked and saddened by the sad disappearance of one of my dear friends, Shinzo Abe and I have no words to express it. He was a great world statesman, an exceptional leader and a wonderful administrator.He dedicated his life to making Japan and the world a better place.

Iran called it a “terrorist act” and Spain a “cowardly attack.” “We, as a country that has been a victim of terrorism and have lost their great leaders in terrorist incidents, are surprised to hear this news,” a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “We condemn this cowardly attack,” he tweeted that Spain is on the side of the Japanese people at this difficult time.

The U.S. Secretary of State expressed his grief

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was “deeply saddened and worried” by the incident. “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Abe,” the White House said in a statement. He described Abe as “a really great man and leader” and said he was “a true friend of America more than me and more.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he was shocked by the “disgusting attack” on Abe, describing Abe as “a great prime minister” and saying “France is on the side of the Japanese people.”

The Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand paid tribute

Australian Prime Minister Antony Albanese tweeted: “From Japan comes shocking news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot. Our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan.” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday she was “deeply shocked”. “When I became prime minister, he was one of the first leaders I met,” Ardern said. He was kind and humble even though he remained very committed to his role. I remember when I first met him he asked me about the death of our pet. It may be a small thing, but it indicates what kind of person he was. My thoughts are with his wife and the people of Japan. Incidents like these shake us all.

Leading leaders in Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia and China expressed their grief

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Lung criticized it as an “act of violence”. Lee said on Facebook, “Mr. Abe was a good friend from Singapore. I had lunch with him in May on a trip to Tokyo. My condolences and prayers are with Abe and his family.” Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said he was sad and shocked by the incident. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his deepest condolences and said Italy was on the side of Abe’s family, the government and the Japanese people. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi condoled Abe’s “premature disappearance.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China expressed its condolences to Abe’s family and said the shootings should not be related to bilateral ties.

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