Harris to guide delegation for former Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s funeral

Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the U.S. delegation for the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, her press secretary Kirsten Allen stated in a press release on Wednesday.

The large image: Harris’ go to to Tokyo will “underscore the significance of [Abe’s] management in championing the alliance between the US and Japan and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Allen stated.

  • Different members of the delegation will probably be introduced later, per the assertion.

Flashback: Abe was assassinated in July, leaving the world shocked and outraged.

  • He was shot whereas giving a marketing campaign speech within the metropolis of Nara and was rushed to the hospital, however pronounced lifeless later that day. He was 67.
  • “I’m surprised, outraged, and deeply saddened by the information that my good friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed whereas campaigning,” Biden stated in a press release on the time.
  • “This can be a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him,” he stated.

Of observe: Harris will probably be in Asia from September 25 to 29. She may also go to South Korea and meet with senior authorities officers in Seoul.

  • Her go to to Japan and South Korea will “spotlight the power” of the U.S.’s alliances the international locations and the “shared financial and safety pursuits within the area and all over the world,” per the assertion.

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