In a rare show of unity, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India, Joe Biden of the United States, and Anthony Albanese of Australia released a joint statement on Saturday in which they paid heartfelt tribute to Japanese President Shinzo Abe and recalled his crucial role in establishing the Quad and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The 67-year-old former Japanese prime minister Abe passed away on Friday morning after being shot while making a speech during a campaign in the city of Nara in the south of the country.
According to the NYT, Shinzo Abe’s murder required a pistol, which is an uncommon crime in Japan.
Abe was hailed by Modi, Biden, and Albanese as a “transformative leader” for Japan who ceaselessly advanced the idea of an open and free Indo-Pacific. India, the US, Japan, and Australia made up the Quad.
The joint statement of the leaders, issued today by the Ministry of External Affairs, read: “We, the leaders of Australia, India, and the United States, are grieved at the untimely killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Prime Minister Abe was a leader who transformed Japan and the relations between Japan and each of our nations. He also contributed significantly to the Quad partnership’s establishment and diligently advanced a common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to the statement.
On May 24, 2022, in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida welcomed Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, American President Joe Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon their arrival at the Quad Leaders Summit at Kantei Palace. Evan Vucci for AP Photos
To honour Abe’s memory, Modi, Biden, and Albanese pledged to “redouble our work” for an Indo-Pacific region that is peaceful and prosperous.
“In this time of sorrow, our thoughts are with the people of Japan, including Prime Minister Kishida. By stepping up our efforts to create a peaceful and prosperous region, we will pay tribute to Prime Minister Abe, they stated.
Abe, the grandson of former prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, was instrumental in forming the Quadrilateral coalition’s general structure.