Sushma Swaraj: Foreign diplomats pay tributes

Foreign ministers who had worked with Swaraj between May 2014 and May 2019 far offered their condolences.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a condolence message from London said that Swaraj was a good friend of Bangladesh.
NEW DELHI: Delhi-based diplomatic community from across continents have mourned the death of former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj as condolences poured in from various city-based ambassadors and their headquarters recalling their association with the leader.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a condolence message from London said that Swaraj was a good friend of Bangladesh.

“In her death, we have lost a true friend,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted the PM as saying. Hasina said Bangladesh will always remember her contributions in taking the bilateral relationship forward.


Foreign ministers who had worked with Swaraj between May 2014 and May 2019 far offered their condolences. "Deeply saddened by the passing of Sushma Swaraj. A great loss not only for India, but for us all. Spectacular lady with great dedication to her fellow countrymen and country’s affairs. Deepest condolences to bereaved family and beloved friends. She'll always be in our hearts," Thailand's foreign minister tweeted.

“Minister Swaraj was greatly respected and viewed as an outstanding representative of the Indian people, both at home and abroad. She was a steadfast advocate for her compatriots. As external affairs minister, she was a key partner in strengthening the US-India bilateral relationship, most prominently during the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in September 2018. We will always consider her a friend of the United States,” read a US Embassy statement.

Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev in a message said, "With a feeling of deep sorrow we came to know about the premature passing away of Smt SushmaSwaraj...She was well known in Russia as a steadfast defender and promoter of international interests of India and its global power reputation. She was a sincere and true friend of Russia, greatly contributing to the strengthening of our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. She will always dwell in our hearts and memories. May her soul rest in peace."
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Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Delhi Hans Dannenberg Castellanos said, "The diplomatic community in Delhi joins the nation in sorrow for the sad demise of a great woman in Indian politics, and one that during her tenure as foreign minister strengthened the position of India in the world. We extend our deepest condolences to Mrs Sushma Swaraj's family and friends."
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