President, PM condole death of Uzbek President

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the death of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov who died on Friday due to brain haemorrhage.

“I condole the passing away of Uzbekistan President Mr. Islam Karimov. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi said in a tweet.

Mukherjee said he was deeply grieved to hear of the death of Karimov.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family members, government and the people of Uzbekistan,” Mukherjee said in a condolence message addressed to Nigmatilla Yuldashev, the acting President and chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.

He said that the late leader was highly regarded in India.

“During his visit to India in 2011, our bilateral relationship was upgraded to a strategic partnership. Under his leadership, Uzbekistan made tremendous economic and social progress and ensured safety and security for its people”.

Karimov, 78, who had served as president of the newly independent Republic since 1991, died from brain haemorrhage on Friday after being hospitalised following a stroke on August 27.



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