PM Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Tuesday to attend Shinzo Abe’s official funeral.
PM Modi will join several world leaders to pay tribute to Abe.
On Tuesday, mourners from more than a hundred nations, including more than 20 heads of state and governments, are expected.
The former prime minister overhauled Japan’s foreign policy, outlining an ambitious plan for a significant improvement in relations with India.
PM Modi tweeted, “Landed in Tokyo,” along with pictures of himself getting off the plane. He published a tweet in Japanese as well.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “PM @narendramodi arrives in Tokyo. Will participate in the State Funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe later today. Will also hold a bilateral meeting with PM @kishida230, reaffirming commitment to further strengthening of India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.”
PM @narendramodi arrives in Tokyo.
Will participate in the State Funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe later today.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 26, 2022
Earlier on Monday, PM Modi tweeted, “I am travelling to Tokyo tonight to participate in the State Funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe, a dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan friendship”.
“I will be conveying heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs. Abe on behalf of all Indians. We will continue working to further strengthen India-Japan relations as envisioned by Abe San. @kishida230,” he had said.
On July 8 in the southern Japanese city of Nara, Abe was shot and killed while delivering a political speech.
India celebrated a day of national mourning in honour of Abe on July 9.
In addition to visiting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Abe’s wife Akie, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said Mr. Modi will attend the state burial ceremony at Budokan and then a gathering at Akasaka Palace.
“The visit will be an opportunity for PM Modi to honour the memory of former PM Abe, who he considered a dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan ties,” he said.