Vastavam web: President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have condoled the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee, terming him a “great leader” whose “visionary leadership” helped India’s rise as a global power and paved the way for a stronger US-India partnership. Mukherjee died on Monday evening following a 21-day battle with multiple ailments. He was 84. “I was saddened to learn of the passing of India’s former President, Pranab Mukherjee, Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
“I send my condolences to his family and the people of India as they grieve the loss of a great leader,” he said. Earlier, Pompeo said that the United States was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Mukherjee. In a distinguished career spanning more than half a century, Mukherjee worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of India as a parliamentarian, cabinet minister, and as the president of the world’s largest democracy, Pompeo said. “His visionary leadership helped drive India’s rise as a global power and paved the way for a stronger US-India partnership, he said.