PM Modi to attend Shinzo Abe’s funeral on 27 September

The visit is expected to last less than a day. According to those with knowledge of the situation, Modi will also be one of the foreign leaders who will meet with Abe’s widow separately.

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The external affairs ministry stated on Thursday that Modi will separately meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida while in Japan.

 

The visit is expected to last less than a day. According to those with knowledge of the situation, Modi will also be one of the foreign leaders who will meet with Abe’s widow separately.

Japan is a friendly country and an important partner. It is nice that the Prime Minister has found time to be able to go despite his busy schedule and be present at the state funeral,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

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“As you know, there was a personal connection with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” he said.

 

On July 8, Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime leader, was shot and killed while attending a campaign event.

In addition to promoting a vision for an open and free Indo-Pacific region, he played a pioneering role in the creation of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, which brings together Australia, India, Japan, and the US.

 

To honour Abe, who also made a significant contribution to improving India-Japan relations and collaboration in many areas, India announced a day of national mourning.

In a message issued shortly after the Japanese leader’s death, Modi had described Abe as “a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator