His Majesty The King offered prayers and a thousand butterlamps at Simtokha Dzong yesterday in memory of Her Excellency Sushma Swaraj, the former External Affairs Minister of India.
Her Excellency passed away in Delhi on Tuesday evening.
Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, special prayers were performed at Simtokha Dzong. His Majesty also sent messages of condolences to Her Excellency’s family and to the government of India.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, in a condolence message, said that it was with great sadness that he learnt of the demise of Shrimati Sushma Swaraj. “In this hour of grief, I convey, on behalf of the government of Bhutan and on my own behalf, our deepest condolences to Shrimati’s family and the Bharatiya Janata Party.”
Shrimati Sushma Swaraj served as minister of external affairs of India from 2014- 2019 and worked closely with Bhutan. Throughout her tenure, she was a friend of Bhutan and contributed to strengthening the relations between our two countries. She was well loved, as an exemplary leader embodying grace, dignity, and strength.
Prime Minster Dr Lotay Tshering said: “Late Shrimati Sushma Swaraj was a highly respected political leader and statesman who will be dearly missed by the people of India. Her demise is a great loss not only for Bharatiya Janata Party, but also for the entire country. She was a very good friend of Bhutan who worked tirelessly in enhancing Bhutan-India relations during her tenure as minister of external affairs.”