Various world leaders condemned the attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abewho died this Friday after being shot during a campaign rally in the town of Nara, located in the southwest of the country.
The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenremembered Abe as a visionary leader who drove relationships between the two allies. Meeting with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea at a G20 meeting in Bali, Blinken called Abe “a leader with a great vision.” that “took the relationship between our countries, the United States and Japan, to new heights”.
As soon as the news of the attack was known, he had claimed to feel “deeply sad and worried”. He also stated that his “thoughts and prayers” is it so “with his family and with the people of Japan”.
The presidents of the institutions of the European Union (EU) expressed their “shock” and “sadness” at the “brutal” murder of Abe.
“This brutal and cowardly murder of Shinzo Abe shocks the entire world”, the president of the European Commission wrote on Twitter, Ursula von der Leyenwho shortly before had wished the president “strength” after learning that he had been seriously injured in the attack.
A wonderful person, great democrat and champion of the multilateral world order has passed away.
I mourn with his family, his friends and all the people of Japan.
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) July 8, 2022
Von der Leyen lamented the loss of “a wonderful person, great democrat and champion of the multilateral world order” and expressed his condolences to family, friends and the Japanese people.
“Saddened and shocked by the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a political event in Nara”, said in the same social network the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metzolawho also expressed his condolences for the death and the support of the European Parliament to the Japanese people “during this dark moment”.
Saddened and shocked at the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a political event in Nara.
My condolences to his loved ones and all the Japanese people.@Europarl_EN stands with the people of Japan 🇯🇵 during this dark moment.
— Roberta Metsola (@EP_President) July 8, 2022
The same route was used by the President of the European Council, Charles Michaelfor “deeply regret” the death of the former president and express his misunderstanding and condolences for what happened. “I will never understand the brutal murder of this great man. Japan, Europeans cry with you“, wrote.
It is with deep regret that I have learned of the passing of @AbeShinzo
I will never understand the brutal killing of this great man.
Japan, Europeans mourn with you.
My sincere condolences to his wife and family. https://t.co/AH9JA5s4U0
— CharlesMichel (@CharlesMichel) July 8, 2022
For his part, the Russian president, Vladimir Putinlamented the “irreparable loss” of the former Japanese president. “I wish you (…) courage in the face of this great irreparable lossPutin declared in a condolence telegram addressed to Shinzo Abe’s mother and widow, according to a Kremlin statement.
“Beautiful memories of this remarkable man will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him.”, he stressed.
The former Japanese prime minister, 67, died this Friday after an individual shot him during an electoral act in Narain western Japan.
Earlier, the UK Prime Minister, Boris JohnsonIt showed itself “totally shocked and saddened” for him “despicable attackagainst Abe. “My thoughts are with his family and loved ones“, he pointed; while the president of France, Emmanuel Macronit was declared “deeply shocked” for him “heinous attack” against the former Japanese prime minister. “My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of a great Prime Minister. France is next to the Japanese people”, he narrowed down.
Meanwhile, the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, expressed his “sadness” and “shock” at Abe’s death and stated hisdeepest solidarity” with his family, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and “our Japanese friends”. “We are together with Japan in these difficult hours”, he pointed out.
The former British Prime Minister, Theresa Mayhe indicated on Twitter: “It’s really heartbreaking to learn of the death of my friend Shinzo Abeformer Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated in the most horrific circumstances while campaigning for his political party.”
“He was a statesman of the highest caliber. A reliable partner and a trusted ally. An accomplished host. But also the warmest and kindest of friends. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family and the people of Japan.”, he expressed.
He was a statesman of the highest caliber. A dependable partner and trusted ally. A consummate host. But also the warmest and kindest of friends.
My prayers and deepest sympathies are with his family and the people of Japan. pic.twitter.com/c8HpXlUMv3
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 8, 2022
South Korean President, Yoon Suk-yeolalso conveyed his condolences to the family and the Japanese people who have lost “to a respected politician”, while his Romanian counterpart, Klaus Iohannisdescribed Abe as a “defender of democracy and multilateralism, as well as a great friend.”
The Turkish head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdoganmade similar statements and condemned the “heinous attack” that has ended the life of a “Dear friend”, a few words that have come before the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanesewould point out that “Abe was one of Australia’s greatest friends internationally”.
For his part, the Israeli president, isaac herzograted Abe as “one of the most influential leaders in the modern world”, an expression to which has been added that of the Indonesian Government -which is currently hosting the G20 ministerial meeting in Bali-, which has conveyed its “deepest condolences” to the Japanese people and Government.
Abe was the victim of several shots in the street while giving a speech before the parliamentary elections held this Sunday in Japan, and his party reported his death after previously announcing the doctors in charge that he had suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest.
As the alleged perpetrator of the attack, he has been arrested Yamagami Tetsuyaa 41-year-old unemployed man and former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces (Japanese Army).
After becoming the longest-serving Japanese prime minister and leaving power in 2020, Shinzo Abe remained the most influential politician in the country and had been a mentor to the current Prime Minister, Fumkio Kishida.who has maintained the main pillars of his predecessor’s political strategy since he came to power in October last year.
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