“The bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and (Japan’s) Prime Minister Kishida demonstrates the commitment of the two leaders to further strengthen the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership,” Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said at a press conference on Monday. During his bilateral meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, PM Modi expressed his deepest condolences on the passing away of Shinzo Abe.
PM Modi remembers ‘friend’ Shinzo Abe
The Prime Minister also mentioned Shinzo Abe’s contribution to the strengthening of the India-Japan partnership and the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. PM Modi told his Japanese counterpart Kishida that he was deeply saddened by the sudden demise of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said that the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took India-Japan relations to a high level and also expanded relations in many areas. Told Prime Minister Kishida, PM Modi said that under your leadership, India-Japan relations will be further strengthened and will reach new heights.
Abe’s state funeral
Before Modi’s arrival in Japan, he had said, “These meetings underscore the commitment of both the leaders towards deepening India-Japan ties, especially in the context of shaping the regional and global order in the aftermath of the global pandemic… .’ Kwatra said that there is a deep synergy between India and Japan in the Indo-Pacific region. Apart from Modi, many world leaders will take part in the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
Representatives from over 100 countries, including over 20 heads of state and governments, are expected to attend the funeral. Abe, 67, was shot dead on July 8 while he was addressing a public meeting during an election campaign in the southern Japanese city of Nara.