Phnom Penh (FN), Jul. 11 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen requested all participants in the council meeting to pay their tribute to the late Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

The premier spoke during the opening of the council meeting of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) and the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), held on Monday (Jul 11) at Sokha Hotel Phnom Penh.

“Four days ago, we all learnt about the attack that took place in Japan, the assassination of the former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. In his capacity as the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe pledged strongly to strengthen relations with ASEAN and Mekong countries, including Cambodia. In this regard, as a condolence message and a final farewell to Shinzo Abe, I would like to request His Excellency, Lok Chumteav, Ladies and Gentlemen to stand up to pay tribute to Shinzo Abe," the premier underlined.

Abe, 67, was shot on the street in Nara City, western Japan, at around 11:30am on 8 July during the campaign for the upcoming upper house election.

On 8 July 2022, the premier Hun Sen sent a condolence letter to Japanese prime minister Kishida Fumio over the loss of Shinzo Abe. Today, Samdech also leads high-level delegations to pay tribute to the late Shinzo Abe at the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia.