UN reacts to assassination of ex-Japan PM, Shinzo Abe
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council observed a moment of silence in memory of the assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
To show their respect, diplomats at the UN’s New York headquarters stood quietly.
The meeting was presided over by Ronaldo Costa Filho, ambassador of Brazil to the UN, who said the council members sent the Abe family their “condolences and deepest sympathy.”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a brief statement in which he stated that the UN is “saddened by the horrific killing” of Abe.
“He’ll be remembered as a staunch defender of multilateralism, respected leader, and supporter of the United Nations,” the statement added.
The 67-year-old former Japanese prime minister was shot dead by a gunman who opened fire at close range as the hugely influential politician delivered a campaign speech.
The deceased held office in 2006 for one year and from 2012 to 2020.
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