The Bharatya Janata Party deeply mourns the passing away of Yasser Arafat, the illustrious leader of the Palestinian people and a leading figure in the international arena for many years.
Yasser Arafat will go down in history as a relentless fighter for the cause of the Palestinian people. He developed a special relationship with India and the Indian leaders of different parties. His close understanding with BJP leaders enabled him to appreciate our policy of engagement with Israel. He recognised that India's normalized relationship with Israel could make a positive contribution to the resolution of the Palestinian problem.
In this hour of grief, the leadership and the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party would like to convey their deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to the Palestinian people and to the members of the bereaved family.
(Sidharth Nath Singh)
National Media Convenor