PM Modi emplanes for Japan to attend State funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe

26 September, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan on Monday to attend the state funeral of his “dear friend” and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which will take place on Tuesday. “PM ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan on Monday to attend the state funeral of his “dear friend” and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which will take place on Tuesday.

“PM @narendramodi emplanes for Tokyo to attend the State Funeral of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. India had announced one-day national mourning on 09 July 2022 as a mark of respect to former PM Abe. The visit will be an opportunity to honour his memory,” tweeted the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi. Hours before departing, PM Modi tweeted that he would be travelling to Tokyo tonight 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,” he said.

In a special media conference today, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra stated that the prime minister will attend the state funeral ceremony at Budokan, followed by a greeting ceremony at Tokyo’s Akasaka palace. PM Modi’s visit to Japan will last between 12 and 16 hours.

During his visit, he will also meet Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs. Abe. PM Modi will attend a bilateral discussion with his Japanese counterpart in addition to greeting PM Kishida and conveying his condolences in person.

“Naturally the relevant people involved from the two sides will be available and participating in these discussions. The discussions will take account and will take a very quick overview and assessment of the overall relationship, its current status, its trajectory, its progress, and the measures that they both need to take, to progress it further,” Kwatra said.

“The meeting between the two Prime Ministers will reaffirm their continuing commitment and the strong efforts that stakeholders on both sides continue to make, to promote and progress this relationship,” he added.

On Tuesday, hundreds of dignitaries from around the world will attend Abe’s state funeral.

Over a hundred countries’ representatives, including more than 20 Heads of Official and Government, are expected to attend the state funeral tomorrow.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit will be an occasion for him to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Abe, whom he regarded a dear friend and a strong promoter of the India-Japan friendship.

Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe had formed a personal link of trust and affection over the course of a decade, beginning with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan in 2007 as the then-Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The two leaders made huge contributions and were alone responsible for raising India-Japan relations to Special Strategic and Global Partnership status in 2014.

Prime Minister Abe has made major contributions to expanding India-Japan relations, transforming a primarily economic relationship into a broad, comprehensive, and strategic partnership that is critical for both our nations’ and the region’s security.

In 2007, Prime Minister Abe’s renowned “Confluence of Two Seas” address in the Indian parliament lay the groundwork for the Indo-Pacific region to emerge as a contemporary political, strategic, and economic reality. Prime Minister Abe was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2021 for his contributions to India-Japan ties.

Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8 in the city of Nara during a campaign speech. India had announced one-day national mourning on 09 July 2022 as a mark of respect for Abe Shinzo.

Speaking about the deep respect ex-PM Abe had in India, Kwatra said, “We had declared a day of national mourning when former PM Abe departed this world. PM Modi holds former PM Abe a very dear friend, had also conveyed his sincerest condolences at that time.”