Anthony Blinken speaks at the G20 forum, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, July 8, 2022
Blinken noted that Abe, during his time in office, brought out the relationship between United States and Japan “to new heights”.
According to the Secretary of State, Abe was “a man with a great vision of what a free and open Indo-Pacific could look like, and an incredible ability to really work towards realizing that vision,” referring to Abe's foreign policy of resisting expansion. of Chinese influence in the region.
Blinken called Abe's death “a loss for Japan, a loss for the world.”
At the same event, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Chin condemned the assassination of the former Japanese premier , stating that it is not allowed.
Abe, who led the Japanese government from 2006 to 2007, returned to power in 2012, stepping down in September 2020. On Friday morning, when Abe was speaking at a rally supporting his party's candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, an attacker shot the politician twice with a homemade weapon. The former prime minister died of his injuries a few hours later in hospital. His assassination shocked a country where political violence is rare and firearms are tightly controlled.
Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at a rally in Nara, minutes before an attacker shot him, Japan, July 8, 2022
The attacker turned out to be a 41-year-old resident of the city, Tetsuya Yamagami. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The motives for the attack are still unknown.