World leaders pay tribute to 'towering global statesman'

World leaders pay tribute to
# 08 July 2022 13:42 (UTC +04:00)

Tributes to Shinzo Abe from world leaders have started pouring in after the former Japanese prime minister's death was confirmed, APA reports citing BBC.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe".

Modi described Abe as a "towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator".

"He dedicated his life to making Japan and the world a better place," Modi added.

Former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, who worked closely with Abe, described him as Japan's "most significant post-war leader".

"Under Abe, Japan assumed its rightful place as the leading democracy of the western Pacific," he tweeted.

Mr. Abbott added: "This is a dreadful loss for Japan, for Australia, and for a world where democracies stand strong and together."