According to the White House, President Joe Biden of the United States had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, during which they discussed how the legacy of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will continue to live on as they continue the important task of defending peace and democracy.
During the discussion, it was stated that Biden voiced his fury, grief, and sincere sympathies following the killing of the former Japanese leader Abe.
While holding a campaign address in Nara, which is located in western Japan, Abe, who was 67 years old, was shot from behind. A man in his 40s from Nara has been detained by the police on suspicion of shooting Prime Minister Abe with a pistol that he had built himself. This tragedy has horrified the nation of Japan, which has some of the tightest gun prohibitions in the world.
According to a readout of the conversation that was released on Friday, it said that “the President emphasised that he and the American people stand with the Prime Minister and the people of Japan in their moment of sadness.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described Trump as saying: “The President underlined the significance of Prime Minister Abe’s lasting legacy with his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and the founding of the QUAD meetings of Japan, Australia and India.”
Abe was a key figure in the formation of the Quad, an alliance between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia that was designed to challenge China’s rising influence and military might.
The idea of forming a coalition known as the “Quad” or the quadrilateral to confront China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific area has been kicking about for a while, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the four nations gave the plan some form.
According to the statement, “The President acknowledged our unshakeable trust in the strength of Japan’s democracy,” and “the two leaders addressed how Abe Shinzo’s legacy will go on as we continue the critical mission of safeguarding peace and democracy.”
In addition, Biden, who is coping with the aftermath of mass shootings in the United States, said that “gun violence usually leaves a lasting scar on the communities who are afflicted by it.” Even though there are still many unknowns concerning the assault, President Joe Biden said that “we know that violent actions are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a terrible scar on the communities who are afflicted by it.” Meanwhile, Senators Jim Risch and Mitt Romney said in a joint statement that Abe was the first person to lay out a vision for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific, and that through his own determination, Abe helped create forums such as the Quad so that the United States of America, Japan, Australia, and India could work together to further this strategy. Risch and Romney also said that Abe was the first person to lay out a vision for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“Despite his death, we will never waver from our dedication to these principles. They responded, “Japan is a reliable ally, and we will do all in our power to help him realise his goal.”