Blinken to Visit Japan to Pay Tribute to Ex-PM Abe

Politics

Washington, July 9 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Japan to offer condolences over the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, following his ongoing Southeast Asian tour, Department of State spokesperson Ned Price said Saturday.

Blinken will fly to Japan from Bangkok. He is expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday morning, according to sources in the Japanese government.

The secretary will "travel to Tokyo, Japan, to offer condolences to the Japanese people" on the death of Abe, Price said in a statement, adding that Blinken is slated to meet with senior Japanese officials during the stay in the capital.

"The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and has never been stronger," Price said.

Abe was shot to death Friday while delivering an election campaign speech in the western Japan city of Nara.

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