Shinzo Abe's assassination: PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Japan PM and announces one-day mourning!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced one-day national mourning as he paid tribute to Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister who was assassinated on Friday - July 8. Modi's series of tweets displayed how heartbroken he was after learning about the tragic demise of Abe as both of them had observed a fruitful relationship. Abe was the closest ally to India and during Modi's tenure, the former has visited India several times and has driven the ties to new heights. 

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote, "I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place." He further said, "My association with Mr Abe goes back many years. I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me." 

"During my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to meet Mr Abe again and discuss many issues. He was witty and insightful as always. Little did I know that this would be our last meeting. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the Japanese people", Modi added. In another tweet, he wrote, "Mr Abe made an immense contribution to elevating India-Japan relations to the level of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. Today, the whole India mourns with Japan and we stand in solidarity with our Japanese brothers and sisters in this difficult moment." 

He then announced, "As a mark of our deepest respect for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, a one-day national mourning shall be observed on 9 July 2022." Sharing the picture of his most recent meeting with Abe, Modi further said that Abe was always passionate about strengthening India-Japan ties, he had just taken over as the Chairman of the Japan-India Association. 

India's President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, "I find it difficult to believe that Shinzo Abe is no more. He was a great statesman, & his infectious affability endeared him the world over. That he fell prey to an assassin’s bullet is a tragedy for the whole of humanity. My heartfelt condolences to his family and people of Japan." In his tribute message, India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar wrote, "A sad day for Japan, for India, the world and for me personally. A quarter-century of memories of Shinzo Abe. No words to express them."

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away on Friday at the age of 67 after he was shot by a lone gunman in the Nara region while he was campaigning for his party. Besides being the longest-serving Japanese Prime Minister, Abe has also become the victim of the first assassination of a sitting or former Japanese premier since 1936. After learning about the tragic loss, several world leaders have been paying their tribute and consoling the people of Japan.