We are utterly shocked and saddened by the terrible news that Mr Abe has been murdered today.
Prime Minister Abe was a giant on the world stage – with an extraordinary impact both on Japan and the global community.
To his great credit – he was fully engaged in the democratic process, campaigning, as he had done throughout his life, when his life was taken.
In terms of his work on health, he brought together Health and Finance Ministers in 2019 for the first time during the Japan G20 Presidency – pre COVID. That initiative was typically forward looking and has been continued regularly by other presidencies and has been critical in the global response to the COVID pandemic.
Within the G20 Health and Development Partnership, our thoughts are with Mr Abe’s family and all of the people of Japan at this tragic moment.