Abe was ‘phenomenal’, believed in India-Japan friendship, recalls Modi as he pays tribute

TOKYO: Shinzo Abe “is a great leader, a phenomenal individual and a believer in India-Japan friendship,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled on Tuesday when he paid tribute to the former Japanese prime minister who was killed during his state funeral in Tokyo. Representatives from more than 100 countries, including more than 20 heads of state and government, attended Prime Minister Abe’s funeral.
Modi, who came here early in the morning, along with a number of global leaders to pay their respects to Abe who reshaped? Japanforeign policy, including setting forth a bold vision for a quantum leap in relations with India.
“When I was in Tokyo earlier this year, I had little idea I would return to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. He was a great leader, a present individual. An icon and a believer in India-Japan friendship. He will live forever in the hearts of millions!”, Modi tweeted, sharing a photo of him paying tribute to Abe.
Before, Foreign Office tweeted that the prime minister paid tribute to former Japanese prime minister Abe during the State Funeral at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
“A tribute to a visionary and his great contribution in elevating the India-Japan partnership,” it said.
In addition to Modi, among more than 700 foreign guests is the US Vice President Kamala Harris and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.
At a park near the funeral site, crowds of people gathered to lay flowers at a stand early in the morning, it said.
Abe, 67, was shot dead while giving a campaign speech on July 8 in the southern Japanese city of Nara.

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