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DUBAI: Condolences continue to pour in from Arab leaders and governments following the tragic assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Kuwait’s foreign ministry said in a statement posted on social media that it condemned the “cowardly act” that resulted in Abe’s death.

“The Ministry emphasizes the principles and firm stance of the State of Kuwait against violence, recalling with appreciation Mr. Abe’s position and contributions at the regional and international levels, in addition to his role in consolidating friendly relations between Kuwait and Japan. The State of Kuwait extends its sincere condolences and sympathy to the friendly people of Japan, the Emperor and Abe’s family.

The President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, also mourned the death of the late Abe, in a statement expressing his “sincere condolences”.

Oman’s Foreign Minister Badr Albusaidi said in a statement on Twitter on Friday that Oman mourns the “killing of Shinzo Abe”.

He added: “Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Japanese people. A man of state. A true friend from Oman. It was a great privilege to know him. »

Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sisi also mourned Abe’s assassination, saying: “It is with great sadness and sorrow that I learned the news of the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. following a treacherous assassination. Shinzo Abe was a loyal friend to Egypt, supporting her at all times and under all circumstances. Under his rule, our bilateral relations have experienced unprecedented development at all levels.

He added, “I offer my condolences to the friendly Japanese people for the loss of such a great leader, and assure that Egypt will not forget Shinzo Abe’s sincere efforts to strengthen our cooperation, and will strive to immortalize his name.”

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday condemning the violent act that led to Abe’s death.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, expressing its deep condolences and sympathy to the government and people of Japan and his family, recalling the contributions of late the Prime Minister in serving his homeland and its people, and his tremendous efforts to develop bilateral relations between the two countries, affirming the Kingdom’s solidarity with Japan and its people.

The Qatar Embassy in Tokyo also mourned Abe’s death, expressing the government’s condolences.

The embassy tweeted: “Upon the news of the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Embassy of the State of Qatar wishes to extend its deepest condolences. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the Japanese people.

The Palestinian Embassy in Japan also expressed its condolences on Twitter, saying, “We would like to express our sincere condolences at the announcement of the death of former Prime Minister Abe.”

King Abdullah II of Jordan expressed his shock and sadness at the loss of Abe, saying: “Deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of my dear friend former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in this heinous attack . The world has lost a great leader, and Jordan and I have lost a true friend. Our deepest condolences to his family and to the people and government of Japan. »

This article was first published on www.arabnews.jp

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