PM Modi meets Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo

Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo and conveyed his deepest condolences for the demise of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

PM Modi, who is in Tokyo to attend the state funeral of Abe, conveyed his deepest condolences on the sudden demise of Abe, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

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The Prime Minister noted the contributions of late Prime Minister Abe in strengthening India-Japan partnership as well in conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, the MEA said.

The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on further deepening bilateral relations. They also discussed a number of regional and global issues, the MEA added.

The MEA further said that the leaders renewed their commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership, and in working together in the region and in various international groupings and institutions.

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Representatives from over 100 countries, including around 20 Heads of State or Heads of Government have come to Tokyo to participate in the State Funeral of Abe.

Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving leader of modern Japan, was gunned down in July while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

India had announced one-day national mourning on July 9 as a mark of respect for Abe Shinzo.

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