Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot: World reacts | News

The attack in the city of Nara prompted shock and condemnation.

Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, has been shot while campaigning in the city of Nara, according to officials.

The attack on Friday prompted shock and condemnation. Below are some of the reactions.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese:

“Shocking news from Japan that former PM Shinzo Abe has been shot – our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan at this time.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

“Deeply distressed by the attack on my dear friend Abe. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and the people of Japan.”

Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi:

Teuku Faizasyah, Indonesia’s foreign ministry spokesman on behalf of foreign minister Retno Marsudi, said in a statement:
“The minister has expressed her sympathies in the name of G20 foreign ministers to the Japanese foreign minister.”

Russian ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin:

“We pray for the health of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. We strongly condemn his barbaric attempt on his life.”

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen:

“I believe everyone is as surprised and sad as I am. Taiwan and Japan are both democratic countries with rule of law. On behalf of the government, I would like to severely condemn violent and illegal acts.

“Former Prime Minister Abe is not only a good friend of mine, but also a staunch friend of Taiwan’s. He has supported Taiwan for many years and spared no effort to promote the progress of Taiwan-Japan relations.”

United States ambassador Rahm Emanuel:

“We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and unwavering ally of the US. The US Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family dele, & people of Japan.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken:

“Our thoughts, our prayers are with him, with his family, with the people of Japan,” Blinken said on the sidelines of the G20 meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali.

“This is a very, very sad moment. And we’re awaiting news from Japan.”

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