Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his deepest condolences on the tragic death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida on Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
“Had a fruitful meeting with PM Kishida. We discussed various bilateral subjects. I conveyed my condolences on the tragic demise of former PM Shinzo Abe,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted after concluding the crucial meeting during his visit to Tokyo to pay respect to Abe.
Representatives from at least 100 countries, including 20 heads of state or government, travelled to Tokyo to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe, who was assassinated on July 8. US Vice President Kamala Harris and Australian PM Anthony Albanes are also in Tokyo to pay tribute to the assassinated Japanese leader. Abe is the second post-war Prime Minister whose funeral has been arranged extravagantly amid an economic crisis.
As many as 19 gun salutes were offered in honor of the revered Japanese leader. More than 4,300 guests are expected to attend the service at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo.
In the bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi noted the contributions of former Prime Minister Abe in “strengthening India-Japan partnership as well in conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region”, the MEA stated. Besides, the pair discussed ways to boost bilateral relations and raised several regional and global developments of importance.
Modi and Kishida explored ways to strengthen the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and looked at future collaboration on other fronts. Japan and India are strategic partners and members of QUAD. In addition to high-level 2+2 Dialogue, the two have shared visions in Indo-Pacific and carry out defense drills in collaboration.