President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will attend key activities at the national funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and meet leaders of many countries on September 25-28.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attendance at the national funeral of the former Japanese prime minister shows the affection and recognition of the Vietnamese leaders and people for Mr. Abe’s affection and contributions in promoting the two countries’ relations, affirming Affirming the importance of the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference today.
“In the framework of the national mourning ceremony, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will attend key activities and meet the family of former Prime Minister Abe, Japanese leaders and friends, as well as leaders of some countries,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diplomacy added.
A state funeral for Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, will be held on September 27 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The Japanese government said dozens of current and retired heads of state will pay their condolences during the state mourning in Tokyo.
Mr. Abe was assassinated on July 8 while giving a speech in the city of Nara, western Japan. Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, approached him from behind and fired two shots with a homemade gun from a distance of 5 meters. Mr. Abe died at the hospital from his injuries and loss of blood.
During his tenure as prime minister, Mr. Abe has visited Vietnam four times. The first visit took place in 2006, when he attended the APEC summit in Hanoi. Mr. Abe was 52 years old, just two months into office and was Japan’s youngest prime minister in the post-war era.
In January 2013, Vietnam became Abe’s first overseas trip when he was re-elected at the end of 2012, the beginning of his eight-year reign.
Mr. Abe’s remaining two visits took place in 2017, as Vietnam and Japan continued to consolidate the “deep strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia” established in 2014. also highly appreciated Vietnam’s position in the international arena when attending the APEC Summit in Da Nang later that year.