Maldives sends condolences with Sushma Swaraj's passing away

Ms. Swaraj meeting President Solih during her visit to the Maldives. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid have sent their condolences regarding the passing away of former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

President Solih tweeted that Ms. Sushma Swaraj was someone who served India greatly and was a close friend of the Maldives. 

"India lost a valuable daughter" the president's tweet read.

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid tweeted last night that Ms. Swaraj was a great friend of the Maldives and that India has lost a person who served the country greatly. Minister Shahid also emphasized the role that Ms. Swaraj played in restoring diplomatic relations between Maldives and India and sent his condolences to Indian leaders and Ms. Swaraj's family.

The Foreign Ministry has also sent condolences in the name of all Maldivians to Indian leaders.

Ms. Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 at the New Delhi All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in India.

Ms. Swaraj filled the role of External Affairs Minister during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first term in office and gained a reputation for being a kind-hearted individual who focused on assisting with consular issues faced by Indian citizens all over the world. Ms. Swaraj was applauded for directly assisting people who appealed for help through Twitter.

Former Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj (L) meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid (R) on March 17, 2019. (Photo/Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Ms. Swaraj did not compete in the last Lok Sabha election due to her ill health. She had previously been elected to the parliament on seven occasions.