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Secretary Blinken mourns death of former PM Abe

Mainichi, Sankei, and Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Kishida received a courtesy call on Monday morning from Secretary of State Blinken, who visited Japan to offer his condolences over the death of former Prime Minister Abe. The premier reportedly told the Secretary: “We will not yield to violence and will defend democracy. We will cherish the wishes of former Prime Minister Abe and further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance.” The paper said the Secretary told the press after the meeting: “The American people feel a sense of loss along with the people of Japan…. In his time in office, Prime Minister Abe did more than anyone to elevate the relationship between the United States and Japan to new heights.” The Secretary also disclosed that he delivered a letter from President Biden to Abe’s family. Mainichi wrote that prior to the courtesy call, the Secretary observed a moment of silence together with the employees of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

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