Thousands of mourners in white funereal dress escorted the coffin of three-time prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee through the Indian capital on Friday, showering his body in rose petals before his cremation.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrived in Delhi to pay tribute to the former PM.
People spilled over barricades and jostled to get a glimpse of the former prime minister.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a galaxy of political leaders cutting across party lines and foreign dignitaries joined the rest of the nation in bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, a designated spot for the last rites of Presidents, Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers, on the banks of Yamuna river.
"Today, our two countries and our bilateral relationship continue to benefit from Prime Minister Vajpayee's vision, which helped promote expanded cooperation", Pompeo said. "Those who remember his state visit to the United Kingdom in 2001 will know how well respected he was here", said a Twitter post by Mark Fields, British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.
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"His attempts for the betterment of India-Pakistan relationship will always be remembered". He ordered nuclear tests in 1998 that raised fears of atomic war with Pakistan, but also, a few years later, reached across the border and made the first moves toward peace with Islamabad. Khan said, "I extend sympathies to the people of India in this hour of grief".
"India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji".
Vajpayee, 93, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness.
Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 and retreated from public view.
The flag will fly at half mast and Vajpayee will be accorded a state funeral, the government has also decided. "The upswing in India-Japan relations was only possible by the initiatives started by Prime Minister Vajpayee", Hiramatsu said.