President Nguyen Xuan Phuc went to the home of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to offer condolences to Ms. Akie Abe.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Ms. Akie Abe reviewed memories of meetings and exchanges between the President and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his private visit to his home in Tokyo today, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
The President highly appreciated the efforts of former Prime Minister Abe for the country and the people of Japan, and affirmed that Mr. Abe is loved by many international friends and the Vietnamese people.
Lady Akie thanked President Nguyen Xuan Phuc for her affection and respect for Mr. Abe and his family. Ms. Akie said she will continue to support the development of the Vietnam – Japan relationship in the coming time.
During his stay in Japan to attend activities at the national mourning ceremony for former Prime Minister Abe on September 26-28, the President received a number of Japanese officials such as the Chairman of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, Former Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Nikai Toshihiro, former Prime Minister of Japan Suga Yoshihide, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Council of Japan (FEC) Matsuzawa Ken and the Governors of Gunma, Toghichi, Kanagawa Prefectures.
Japanese officials assessed that the President leading the delegation to attend the national funeral is a special gesture, showing the closeness of the Vietnam – Japan strategic partnership, as well as showing the appreciates former Prime Minister Abe’s contributions to Vietnam-Japan relations.
Abe, 67, the longest serving prime minister in Japanese history, was assassinated on July 8 while giving a speech in the western Japanese city of Nara. Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, approached him from behind and shot from a distance of 5 meters. Mr. Abe died at the hospital from his injuries and loss of blood.