The United States of America Embassy extended a heartfelt tribute to former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday. The Embassy, while expressing their sympathies to the veteran leader’s well-wishers, termed her an ‘outstanding representative’ and ‘steadfast advocate’ of Indians. They also hailed the veteran leader’s role in the strengthening of the bilateral equation between the two countries and termed her as a ‘Friend of the United States.’
In their official statement, the USA Embassy stated, “Today, the US Mission to India mourns the passing of Sushma Swaraj. Minister Swaraj was greatly respected and viewed as an outstanding representative of the Indian people, both at India and abroad. She was a steadfast advocate for her compatriots. As External Affairs Minister, she was a key partner in strengthening the US-India bilateral relationship, most prominently during the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in September 2018. We will consider her a friend of the United States. Our sympathies go out to Minister Swaraj’s family and friends, as well as to all Indians who were positively affected by her life and actions.”
Sushma Swaraj breathed her last at the AIIMS Hospital in the capital at 10.50 PM on Tuesday. She was rushed to the hospital after she complained of uneasiness. Despite the doctors’ best efforts, Sushma Swaraj passed away. Doctors informed that the BJP leader suffered a cardiac arrest.
Her last rites are scheduled to be held on Wednesday afternoon.
Sushma Swaraj had served as the External Affairs Minister during the first Narendra Modi government from 2014-2019. She was extremely popular, particularly for her prompt and sometimes hilarious responses on Twitter, as she rescued close to one lakh Indians stranded at various parts of the world during her tenure.
Serving as a Chief Minister of Delhi and a Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government were some of the other highlights of her political career.
Tributes have been pouring in from all across the country, be it celebrities from politics, entertainment or sports fraternities. Even the foreign ministers who engaged with the former Minister during her tenure paid emotional respects.