India PM Modi to visit Japan for state funeral of Shinzo Abe

Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan on Sept. 27 to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Indian government said on Thursday.

Modi will also separately meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the statement added.

Abe, the longest-serving leader of modern Japan, was gunned down in July while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

(Reporting by Tanvi Mehta and Nigam Prusty; Editing by Toby Chopra)