Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a personal letter of condolences to the family of assassinated former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Friday, calling him “an outstanding statesman.”
“Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your son and husband, Shinzo Abe,” Putin wrote in the letter, addressed to Abe’s mother and wife.
Colombian President Ivan Duque also expressed deep regret on behalf of Colombians, writing in a tweet: “We will always remember him as a leader very close to Colombia. Solidarity with his family and the Japanese people.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a tweet he was “stunned and deeply saddened” by Abe’s death, saying the country will “stand close to Japan.”
Israel’s leaders also spoke out, with Prime Minister Yair Lapid praising Abe as “one of the most important leaders of modern Japan, and a true friend of Israel.”
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog also released a statement, saying he was “horrified by the despicable murder of Shinzo Abe, one of Japan’s most preeminent leaders in modern times.”