My thoughts and prayers are with the people of India following the passing of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He and his key ministers made possible a new era of U.S.-Indian relations with their vision and the trust to take part in strategic dialogue. I will always be proud to have worked closely with him as President to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries and build a better and more peaceful world. I was also honored to work with him after leaving the White House in support of the Gujarat earthquake recovery efforts. He was a leader of great integrity, and I join all those in India and around the world who mourn his loss.