Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck offered special prayers on Friday and lit a thousand butter lamps at a monastery in the memory of late former union minister Sushma Swaraj who died after suffering from a cardiac arrest earlier this week.

On the orders of the King, special prayers were performed at the Simtokha Dzong on Thursday.

The King also sent messages of condolences to the late Minister’s family and to the government of India.

Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also offered heartfelt condolence message, saying that Sushma Swaraj’s “demise is a great loss not only for Bharatiya Janata Party but also for the entire country”.

“She was a very good friend of Bhutan who worked tirelessly in enhancing Bhutan-India relations…” he added.

Sushma Swaraj as the Minister of External Affairs of India from 2014- 2019 worked closely with Bhutan. Throughout her tenure, she was a friend of Bhutan and contributed to strengthening the relations between our two countries.

She was well-loved, as an exemplary leader embodying grace, dignity, and strength.

(With IANS inputs)