Tokyo [Japan]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening concluded his visit to Tokyo to attend the State funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“PM @narendramodi concludes a poignant visit to Tokyo. The legacy of former PM Shinzo Abe and the commitment of PM @narendramodi & PM @kishida230 will continue to guide the India-Japan partnership to new heights,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet. Abe’s state funeral commenced earlier today in the Japanese capital with the attendance of several world leaders.
During the State Funeral at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, PM Modi, who landed in Japan Tuesday morning, paid floral tributes to former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
“A tribute to a great visionary and to his immense contribution in the elevation of the India-Japan partnership,” MEA said in a statement.
PM Modi lauded his “dear friend” Abe and said that he was a great leader, a phenomenal individual and someone who believed in India-Japan friendship.
“When I was in Tokyo earlier this yr, little did I imagine I would be back for solemn program of former PM Abe’s state funeral. He was a great leader, a phenomenal individual & someone who believed in India-Japan friendship. He shall live on in hearts of millions,” PM Modi said.
Following the event, Prime Minister Modi met with Akie Abe, wife of late Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and recalled his fond memories with “Abe San”.
Besides, he held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and conveyed his deepest condolences on the demise of former Prime Minister Abe.
PM Modi noted the contributions of the late Japanese PM in strengthening the India-Japan partnership and conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
“The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on further deepening bilateral relations. They also discussed a number of regional and global issues,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
Both leaders renewed their commitment to further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and working together in the region and other international groupings.