As a mark of the country's 'deepest respect' for Abe, the PM Modi also declared one day of national mourning on July 9.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock at the news that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died from a gunshot wound.

Abe had also met Modi before during his tenure, when he was credited with advancing India-Japan relations.

Having not imagined that the most recent meeting he had with the late leader would be their last, PM Modi reflected on the meeting.

On my recent visit to Japan, I was able to meet with Mr. Abe again and discuss many topics with him. His wit and insight were as always on point.

This was our last meeting, little did I know. He and the Japanese people deserve my heartfelt condolences," the Prime Minister tweeted.

“Mr. Abe's efforts contributed greatly to elevating India-Japan relations into a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Thousands of Indians are mourning with Japan today, and we offer our solidarity to those grieving." he said.