Worldwide political leaders paid tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his death Friday after he was shot during a campaign event in western Japan’s Nara Prefecture.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for Abe’s death on Twitter.
“I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place,” Modi said in a tweet.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also released a statement about Shino’s death.
“On behalf of the Australian Government and other people, we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mrs. Abe and to Mr. Abe’s other family and friends, and to the other people of Japan,” Albanese said.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Abe’s death “incredibly sad news” and said his global leadership “will be remembered by many.”
“Incredibly sad news about Shinzo Abe. His global leadership through unchartered times will be remembered by many. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Japanese people,” Johnson said in a tweet.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Abe’s passing as an “act of shocking violence” on Twitter.
“With the death of Shinzo Abe in an act of shocking violence, Australia has lost a great friend, and Japan has lost its most significant post-war leader. Under Abe, Japan assumed its rightful place as the leading democracy of the western Pacific,” Abbott said in a tweet.
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