Their Majesties offer prayers and butter lamps for late former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered 1,000 butterlamps in memory of the former Prime Minsiter of Japan, Mr. Abe Shinzo, at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong yesterday morning.
The Cabinet, members of Parliament, senior government officials and foreign dignitaries attended the butterlamp and prayer ceremony.

STAFF REPORTER

Thimphu

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers and butter lamps at Tashichhodzong yesterday for the late former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Cabinet ministers, senior government officials, members of the diplomatic community and the Japanese community in Bhutan attended the ceremony. 

Former Prime Minister Abe died in hospital on 8th July after he was shot by a gunman during a campaign speech in Nara, near Kyoto. He was 67 and Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

Bhutan also observed a day of national mourning yesterday in honour of the late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. All national flags across the country and Bhutan’s Embassies, Missions, and Consulates abroad were flown at half-mast.

Meanwhile Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering, who is in Lhuentse, joined the Members of Parliament, local leaders and officials to offer prayers and butter lamps, as the nation observed the mourning for the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday.

The offerings were held at Lhuentse Dzong, Ugyen Dongag Yoeselchoeling Monastery at Takila and Ngunmaling Monastery in the dzongkhag.

Writing to His Excellency Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan soon after the tragic news on 8 July, Lyonchhen said former PM Abe will always be remembered as a good friend of Bhutan and a great leader.

Bhutan and Japan enjoy close bonds of friendship, and Japan is an important development partner of Bhutan.