World leaders condemn attack on Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former prime minister

World leaders condemn attack on Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister

(CNN) — Following news of an armed attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a public event in the city of Nara on Friday, several world leaders dismissed the attack on Abe.

Japan is “trying to understand this difficult situation”, the Japanese leader said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country was “trying to understand this difficult situation”.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Kishida said authorities would “take appropriate steps to manage the situation.”

Kishida addressed the nation live from Tokyo as Japan faces a rare act of political violence.

“It’s not a forgivable act,” Kishida said.

File photo. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida listens to fellow G7 leaders speak during the ‘Global Infrastructure’ side event during the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau on June 26, 2022 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, (Sean Gallup/Getty Pictures)

Australia

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wrote in a Twitter post:

“Shocking news from Japan that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot dead. Our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan at this time.”

Former Australian prime ministers Scott Morrison and Kevin Rudd, whose terms coincided with Abe’s, also issued their own separate messages.

“Prime Minister Abe is a great and wise friend of Australia and one of the most important post-war world leaders. Our prayers are with him, his wife Akie and the people of Japan at this time. hardest,” he wrote. .Morisson.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted:

Horrified by this terrible news from Japan. Abe Shinzo is one of the great leaders of our time. Right now we have to hope and pray for that to happen.

United States

Speaking ahead of a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “deeply saddened”.

“I must say before we meet how deeply saddened and concerned we are by the news coming out of Japan regarding the attempt on Prime Minister Abe’s life,” Blinken said.

“We don’t know his condition… Our thoughts, our prayers go out to his family, to the Japanese people. It is a very, very sad time and we are waiting for news.

US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emmanuel tweeted:

“We are all saddened and shocked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san was an outstanding leader of Japan and a staunch ally of the United States. The American government and the American people pray for him. ” -being of Abe-san, his family and the Japanese people.

Former US President Donald Trump shared his best wishes for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his Truth Social social media platform, calling the shooting “absolutely devastating news”.

Abe “was a true friend to me and, far more importantly, to the United States,” Trump wrote. “This is a blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!”

Indonesia

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi added that the G20 representatives also conveyed their “condolences and our prayers” for Abe.

India

Indian PM says he is ‘deeply distressed’ by ‘attack’ on Abe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined a chorus of world leaders on Friday to share their best wishes following the assassination of former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe.

“Deeply saddened by the attack on my dear friend Abe Shinzo,” Modi wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the Japanese people.”

Mexico

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter that he deeply regretted the shooting. “We hope you can overcome the serious medical situation you find yourself in,” he wrote.

New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was “deeply shocked” to learn of the assassination Friday of former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe.

“Events like this shake us all,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“He was one of the first leaders I met when I became prime minister. He was deeply committed to his role, but also generous and kind,” Ardern wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with his wife and the Japanese people. Events like this shake us all.”

UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter:
“Completely shocked and saddened to learn of the despicable attack on Shinzo Abe. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Taiwan

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen also dismissed the attack, saying Abe is a good friend.


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