Shinzo Abe: Maidenhead MP Theresa May pays tribute
EX-PRIME Minister Theresa May has paid ‘warm and kind’ former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
British politicians have paid tribute to Mr Abe, who was shot while delivering an election campaign speech in Nara.
The 67-year-old was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and served from 2006 to 2007 and served a second term from 2012 to 2020, but stepped down for health reasons.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May was Prime Minister of the UK from 2016 to 2019. Ms May said he was a ‘trusted partner and trusted ally’.
Reacting to the news, Ms May tweeted: “Truly heartbreaking to hear of the death of my friend Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan – killed in the most appalling circumstances while campaigning for his political party.
“He was a statesman of the highest caliber. A reliable partner and a trusted ally. A perfect host. But also the warmest and kindest friends.
“My prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family and to the people of Japan.”
Truly heartbreaking to learn of the death of my friend Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, killed in the most appalling circumstances while campaigning for his political party.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 8, 2022
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK stood with Japan at this “dark and sad time”.
He said: “Incredibly sad news about Shinzo Abe. His world leadership through uncharted times will be remembered by many. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the people of Japan.