President condoles Nelson Mandela’s death

New Delhi, Dec 6: President Pranab Mukherjee Friday condoled the death of Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa.

“President Mandela was a statesman, world leader and icon of inspiration of humanity. He was a great friend of India and his contribution for strengthening the close ties between our two countries will be always remembered,” he said.

Conveying his heartfelt condolences on the demise of the anti-aparthied icon, Mukherjee conveyed his condolences on behalf of the people and the Government of India.

“I convey heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people and the Government of India as well as my personal behalf to the family members of late president Mandela and the people and the Government of South Africa,” he said.

Mandela was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1990 in honour of his contribution to the friendship between the two countries.

IANS