NATO and EU leaders condemn assassination of Abe

former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

© APA | former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

# 08 July 2022 11:24 (UTC +04:00)

European Union (EU) and NATO leaders have reacted to the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, APA reports citing the Twitter account of the officials.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the incident a "heinous shooting ".

"I am deeply shocked by the heinous shooting of Shinzo Abe as he was addressing voters. My thoughts are with him and his family. NATO stands with the people of our close partner Japan and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida."

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also expressed her support for Abe: "Dear, Shinzo Abe, stay strong! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the people of Japan."

EU Council President Charles Michel was also shocked by the news of Abe's shooting. He called Abe a true friend of Europe:

"Shocked and saddened by the cowardly attack on Shinzo Abe while performing his professional duties. A true friend, a fierce defender of multilateral order and democratic values. EU stands with the people of Japan and Kishida in these difficult times. Profound sympathies to his family."