Joe Biden: Shinzo Abe's murder is a tragedy for Japan

Joe Biden: Shinzo Abe's murder is a tragedy for Japan

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<p> File photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of both houses of the US Congress, which was attended by Joe Biden (at the time – Vice President of the United States), April 29 2015   Joe Biden: Assassination of Shinzo Abe is a tragedy for Japan Abe. This is stated in the statement of the American leader, distributed by the White House.</p>
<p>Joe Biden said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened” by the news of the death of Shinzo Abe. The President called the deceased a friend and recalled that he had repeatedly met with the former Prime Minister of Japan.</p>
<p>“He was a supporter of an alliance between our peoples and friendship between our peoples … His vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region will remain in effect. Above all, he deeply cared for the Japanese people and devoted his life to serving them,” Biden said in a statement, expressing condolences to the family of the deceased politician.</p>
<p>Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “shocking” and “depressing”. Speaking on the sidelines of a G20 foreign ministers' meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday, Blinken called the deceased an “outstanding partner” for the United States.</p>
<p>The US Secretary of State commented on the assassination of a Japanese politician at the start of a trilateral meeting with his Japanese counterparts and South Korea. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Forum in Bali, Indonesia.</p>
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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.

Joe Biden: Shinzo Abe's assassination is a tragedy for Japan

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.