I have received with profound sadness the news of the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, great leader of India.
I would like to express my most sincere condolence to the late Prime Minister’s family and to share the grief and the sense of loss of the entire nation of India.
I recall my visit to India in August, 2000 as incumbent Prime Minister of Japan, for the first time since 1990 when Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu had made a visit to India. It was a great honor and privilege to have signed with Prime Minister Vajpayee an epoque-making declaration on “ Japan-India Global Partnership for the 21st Century”, which remains one of the most important agreements to define the new bilateral relationship between the two countries. This declaration constitutes an important basis between the two countries and has developed to be “the Special, Strategic and Global Partnership of today.
With my highest respect and sense of sorrow, I pray for the repose of the former Prime Minister.
President, Japan-India Association,
Former Prime Minister of Japan