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Former Japanese PM Abe dies; India announces National Mourning

India’s bilateral ties with Japan grew closer during Shinzo Abe's tenure, with the former Japanese Prime Minister visiting India four times.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R). Source: Twitter/@narendramodi

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated in the Nara prefecture while campaigning for an upcoming election. He was shot while delivering a speech and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The 67 year old was declared dead by the doctors a few hours after arrival despite efforts to save him.

VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, 12/12/2015: Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen during Ganga aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the bank of river Ganga in Varanasi, India. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Prime Minister Modi expressed his condolences and announced that India will observe national mourning on July 9, 2022 as a mark of respect for the late Japanese statesman. He took to twitter referring to Abe as a ‘towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator.’

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