Int'l community pays last tribute to former Nepali PM

08:56, March 22, 2010      

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When Nepalis grieved over demise of former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala who died on Saturday at the age of 86, the international community also paid last tribute to the prominent politician.

An Indian delegation comprised of External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) speaker Meira Kumar arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport on a special flight on Sunday.

"The delegation had come as an official delegation to express condolence on behalf of Indian government and Indian National Congress," Mukherjee told journalists at airport before leaving for National Stadium.

The Indian delegation is also scheduled to attend the last rites in Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu Temple where Koirala's body will be cremated.

Indian President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh sent condolences message to Koirala's daughter and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala on Saturday.

Singh in his condolence letter termed Koirala the elder statesman of South Asia.

A visiting Chinese delegation led by Zhao Leji, member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, paid their last respects to Koirala along with Chinese ambassador to Nepal Qiu Guohong on Sunday afternoon.

Talking to The Kathmandu Post on Saturday, Qiu said that Koirala was one of the great friends of China and his demise was a great loss to Nepal.


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