Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is "deeply saddened" by the death of former Indian Prime Minister AtaI Bihari Vajpayee today.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was receiving treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93.
In a condolence message Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said AtaI Bihari Vajpayee was a true friend of Sri Lanka and played a vital role in ensuring stability of Sri Lanka.
"Shri Vajpayee led India during the transition of global geopolitics and ensured that his country rose in International stature. He also followed proactive policy of reaching out to India's neighbors in South Asia and South East Asia."
"I have had the privilege of knowing Shri A B Vajpayee since 1975. Furthermore we had a close working relationship during my tenure as Prime Minister from 2001 to 2004. He played a vital role in ensuring stability of Sri Lanka."
"I will continue to treasure the memories of my friendship with this great man."
"My thoughts are with the members of the family and the people of India," Mr. Wickremesinghe said.