UN Chief describes Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an 'exemplary statesman'
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an "exemplary statesman" during his visit to India's Permanent Mission to the UN to offer his condolences to the late BJP leader. Guterres, during his visit to the Permanent Mission of India, extended his heartfelt condolences to the former Prime Minister's family and recalled his meeting with Vajpayee. Here's more.
Vajpayee, the leader who worked selflessly for peace & development
Vajpayee, one of India's most charismatic leaders and inspirational orators, died on August 16 at the age of 93 in New Delhi. Guterres said he had met Vajpayee during the first India-EU summit. The UN chief added that he would always be remembered as an "exemplary statesman and leader who worked selflessly for peace and development in India and the world."
Ambassadors and delegates of several countries expressed their condolences
The ambassadors and delegates of several countries, including Peru, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, Switzerland, Pakistan, and Japan, also paid a visit to record their messages in the condolence book. Pakistan's delegate wrote that Vajpayee contributed to bringing a change in the India-Pakistan relations and remained a key supporter of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and regional cooperation for development.
'Shradhanjali Sabha' to pay tribute to Vajpayee
The Consulate General of India held a 'Shradhanjali Sabha' (homage meet), where several members of the Indian-American community and officials from other nations paid tributes to Vajpayee.