EAM Jaishankar calls ex-Japanese PM’s death a ‘personal loss’

After former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s death was confirmed, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed his grief, saying it was a “sad day for Japan, for India” and for him “personally”. Jaishankar shared an old photo of himself alongside Abe on Twitter and wrote on the microblogging platform, “A quarter century of memories of Shinzo Abe, but no words to express them.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Abe’s visit to India in 2007 and his speech in the Indian Parliament marked a turning point in bilateral relations between India and Japan. He received a thunderous ovation and MPs jostled to shake his hand. Thereafter, he shared good relations with Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mourning the loss, recalled how Abe, as Prime Minister of Japan, had made “an immense contribution in raising Indo-Japanese relations to the level of a special strategic and global partnership”. Manmohan Singh previously said he was deeply shocked by the “tragic attack” on his friend former Prime Minister Abe.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, died Friday hours after he was shot while campaigning for parliamentary elections, shocking a country where political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled. A man opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind with an apparently homemade weapon as he spoke on a lackluster traffic island in the western city of Nara, Japanese media reported.

During a briefing, the hospital, where he was admitted, revealed that the bullet had hit Abe in the center right of his chest, and that the round had penetrated his heart and that there were injuries to his neck. and in the chest. At the time of his admission to hospital his situation was ‘serious’, the medical team who treated him informed, adding that they had transfused around 100 units of blood in an attempt to save the former Premier Japanese minister, but succumbed to his injuries. and died at the age of 67.

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