UK, Japan, Pak express sorrow

KATHMANDU: Issuing condolence messages, various countries have expressed grief at the demise of the former Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala.

In a press release, the British embassy said that the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs David Millband MP has expressed sorrow sending a condolence message to Sujata Koirala, daughter of the deceased leader.

“I was very sorry to hear of the death of your father Girija Prasad Koirala. I know he will be keenly missed by you as well as the nation he so faithfully served over his long political career,” stated the message.

“I am sure he will be remembered for his devotion to democracy, as well as his role as a peacemaker. Please accept my condolence on behalf of your family, your colleagues in the Nepali Congress Party, and the national of Nepal,” he stated. On behalf of the government of Japan, the Embassy of Japan also expressed its condolence over the demise of the former Prime Minister.

“Koirala made a historic contribution to the ongoing peace process and democracy of Nepal. His demise is a great loss for the nation. Embassy of Japan wishes all the political parties to be united and accelerate the process of writing the Constitution,” said the embassy.

Ambassador T Mizuno expressed his heartfelt condolence at Nepali Congress Headquarters this morning.

Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Gilani and the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed condolence over the demise of the towering politician of Nepal. They expressed their condolence to Koirala’s counterparts, the government and people of Nepal.

“He had played a very important role in the political

development of Nepal in the past few decades and his passing away is indeed a national loss to your esteemed country,” the message of the PM Gilani stated.