Former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and a close personal friend of I.K.Gujral

Friday, 30 November 2012 18:01

DEAR MR NARESH GUJRAL AND ALL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY

HAVING JUST LEARNED ABOUT THE TERRIBLE LOSS, I HASTEN TO OFFER MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES.

YOUR FATHER WHOM I KNEW PERSONALLY FOR SEVERAL DECADES WAS GREATLY ADMIRED BY HIS RUSSIAN FRIENDS. IT IS WITH EMOTIONAL WARMTH THAT I RECALL OUR CORDIAL MEETINGS AND THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSIONS DURING HIS AMBASSADORSHIP IN MOSCOW AND FRUITFUL INTERACTION WHEN HE WAS INDIA’S TOP DIPLOMAT AND LATER PRIME MINISTER. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FATHER’S AFFABLE PERSONALITY, UNFLAGGING OPTIMISM, INTELLECTUAL FINESSE AND GREAT INTEGRITY. MY COUNTRY WILL MISS AN ARDENT ADVOCATE OF RUSSIAN-INDIAN AMITY. IT MAKES FOR ME AND MY COMPATRIOTS THIS IRREPARABLE LOSS MUCH MORE GRIEVOUS.

I MOURN TOGETHER WITH YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY AT THIS BEREAVEMENT.

MAY YOUR FATHER’S SOUL REST IN PEACE.

 

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

YOURS IN SORROW,

 

EVGENY PRIMAKOV

 

 

 

MR NARESH GUJRAL,

5, AMRITA SHERGIL MARG,

NEW DELHI - 110003

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