World leaders past and present condoleA man who called his friend was killed by several people during a campaign in western Japan on Friday. Abe, the country’s longest-serving prime minister, was 67 years old.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Abe’s killing was “incredibly shocking” and he was “deeply saddened.”
Trudeau tweeted: “The world has lost a great visionary and Canada has lost a close friend.” “My thoughts are with his wife, Aki, and the people of Japan as they mourn this loss. You will be missed, my friend.”
The President of South Korea, Eun Suk Yeol, sent his condolences to Japan and condemned the killing.
I send my condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Japanese people. South Korean leader tweeted, “An act of terrorism during an election is a brutal attack against the very foundation of democracy. It is completely unacceptable, and I strongly condemn such an attack.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared his “deepest condolences” to Abe’s family and the people of Japan on Twitter.
“There is no excuse for this heinous act of violence,” Zelensky tweeted,
French President Emmanuel Macron said Japan had “lost a great prime minister who devoted his life to his country and worked to bring balance to the world.” Statement Translated from French.
In the US, the presidents of both sides expressed their sadness over the shooting, given the strong partnership between the US and Japan under Abe’s leadership.
“I am shocked, outraged and deeply saddened by the news that my friend, former Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzo, was shot and killed during an election campaign,” President Joe Biden said in a statement Friday morning. “This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him. I had the privilege of working closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, I visited him in Tokyo and welcomed him in Washington. He We were champions of the alliance. Friendship between the nation and our people.”
Mr Biden said gun violence “always leaves a deep mark” on affected communities, and that “the United States stands with Japan in this hour of grief.”
Former President Barack Obama said he was “shocked and saddened by the murder of my friend and longtime partner.”
“Former Prime Minister Abe was devoted to both his country and the extraordinary alliance between the United States and Japan,” Obama said in a statement. “I will always remember the work we did to strengthen our alliance, the growing experience of traveling to Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor together, and the grace he and his wife Aki Abe showed to me and Michelle. Michelle and I Our deepest condolences to the people of Japan who are in our thoughts at this painful moment.”
Former President Donald Trump, who played golf with and sided with Abe on several occasions, told early reports that Abe had been shot “absolutely devastating” in a statement on his social media site, Truth Social.
Before confirming Abe’s death, Trump said, “He was a true friend of mine and more importantly America.” “This is a tremendous blow to the people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much.”