PM Modi in Japan for Shinzo Abe’s funeral
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Tuesday while on his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, scheduled for September 27.
During the meeting with Kishida, PM Modi remembered his last visit to “the land of the rising Sun” and said “India is missing the visionary leader” Shinzo Abe immensely.
PM Modi and PM Abe developed a personal bond through their meetings and interactions spanning over a decade, beginning from PM Modi’s visit to Japan in 2007 as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The two leaders elevated India-Japan relations to the status of Special Strategic and Global Partnership in 2014.
PM Modi during a bilateral meeting with Kishida said, “Today we are meeting in this hour of sorrow. The last time I came I had a long conversation with former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. India is missing Shinzo Abe and remembering him and Japan.”
PM Modi further asserted that he has full faith in the leadership of the incumbent leader and added the relationship between the two countries will deepen and scale to new heights.
Notably, Abe was assassinated on July 8 after a gunman opened fire on him from behind while he was delivering a campaign speech on a street in Japan’s Nara prefecture. Following the incident, he was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
“I have faith that under your leadership, India-Japan relations will deepen and scale new heights and we will be able to play an appropriate role in solving the problems of the world,” Modi told Kishida. Notably, PM Modi landed in Tokyo early morning amid tight security measures. Along with PM Modi, several foreign dignitaries will attend the event.
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