World leaders mourn Pranab Mukherjee's demise

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Published: September 1,2020 09:24 AM
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September 1, 2020: Scores of foreign countries and leaders from across the world have paid tribute to the former President, who passed away at the age of 84.

September 1, 2020: Scores of foreign countries and leaders from across the world have paid tribute to the former President, who passed away at the age of 84.



Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing grief over the death of Pranab Mukherjee.



In her letter to Prime Minister Modi, the Bangladesh Prime Minister said she was profoundly saddened to receive news of the demise of the "highly esteemed leader of South Asia."



"As a renowned scholar and statesman of India, and a highly esteemed leader of South Asia, Pranab Mukherjee commanded the respect and admiration of all. The tireless work of 'Bharat Ratna' Pranab Mukherjee for the welfare of the people of India will inspire the future generation of leaders not only in India but across countries in the region," she said.



The Bangladesh Prime Minister said Pranab Mukherjee was a true friend of her country.



"He has always been highly revered and loved by the people of Bangladesh. His steadfast support and contribution in strengthening the relations between the two countries, especially during his tenure as the 13th President of India, will always be remembered with the deepest respect," she said in the letter.



Sheikh Hasina also recalled that in 2013, in recognition of "this luminary, the Government of Bangladesh conferred on him 'Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sommanona' (Liberation War Honour) for his valuable contribution to Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971."



"On behalf of the Government and the people of Bangladesh and my behalf, I express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Government and the people of India on the irreparable loss of this veteran leader. We pray for the eternal peace," she said.





Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent his condolences saying that Mukherjee "made a significant personal contribution to strengthening the relations of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between our countries."



Condoling Pranab Mukherjee's demise, the Russian President in his message said: "During the years of his work as President and other responsible state positions, Pranab Mukherjee has earned the well-deserved respect of his compatriots and high international reputation. As a true friend of Russia, he made a significant personal contribution to strengthening the relations of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between our countries."





US State Department on Monday condoled the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee, saying that he will be forever remembered in the annals of Indian history. "Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of former President Pranab Mukherjee. We stand with the people of India as they grieve the loss of a great leader who will be forever remembered in the annals of Indian history," US State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) tweeted.





Mukherjee passed away on Monday at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) Hospital where he was admitted earlier this month and had undergone surgery for the removal of a clot in his brain. He was admitted to the Army Hospital in Delhi on August 10 and had tested positive for COVID-19.