Prime Minister Narendra Modi Leaves For Japan To Attend Funeral Of Assassinated Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emplaned for Japan to attend the state funeral of his “dear friend” and former PM Shinzo Abe, which will be held 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 briefing today, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that during this visit the prime minister will attend the state funeral ceremony at Budokan, which would be followed by a greeting occasion at the Akasaka palace in Tokyo. The total duration of PM Modi’s visit to Japan is between 12-16 hours.

He will also meet Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs Abe, during this visit. Besides having a greeting occasion with PM Kishida to convey his condolences in person, PM Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart.

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