5 December 2022

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan on Mon day to participate in the state funeral of Shinzo Abe , a leader he shared a great personal rapport with . Modi will meet Abe’s wife Akie Abe during his 12-16 hours stay in Japan and also hold bilater. al talks with his Japanese counter part Fumio Kishida . Abe was shot dead while making a campaign speech in July in the southern Japanese city of Nara .

PM leaves for Japan
PM leaves for Japan

” I’m travelling to Tokyo to night to participate in the state funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe , a dear friend and a great champion of India – Japan friendship . I will be conveying heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs. Abe on behalf of all Indians . We will continue working to further strengthen India – Japan relations as envisioned by Abe San , ” Modi tweeted ahead of his departure .

Ahead of Modi’s departure , foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said the bilateral meeting with Kishida will be an opportunity for the two leaders to reaffirm their commitment to further strengthening of India – Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership .

PM Modi will attend the funeral ceremony at Budokan , followed by a ” greeting occasion ” at Akasa ka Palace . ” Representatives from over 100 countries , including more than 20 heads of state / heads of government are expected to participate in the state funeral . India had announced one – day national mourning on July 9 , 2022 as a mark of respect for Shinzo Abe , ” said Kwatra , adding the visit will be an opportunity for Modi to honour the memory of Abe , whom he considered a dear friend and a great champion of India – Japan ties . Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his Australian counterpart An thony Albanese are also expected to attend the funeral .

” PM Abe made significant contributions to deepening India – Japan relations , turning a largely economic relationship into a broad , comprehensive , and strategic partnership , making it pivotal for the two countries ‘ and region’s se curity . His famous ‘ Confluence of Two Seas ‘ speech in the Indian Parliament in 2007 laid the ground for the emergence of Indo – Pacific region as a contemporary political , strategic , and economic reality , ” said Kwatra.

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