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