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US Mission in India condoles Jaitley's demise, remembers him for boosting India-US ties

File photo: Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 06.01 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

US Mission in India, in a statement condoled, the demise of former finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. 

"US Mission in India grieves with people of India on the demise of former minister Arun Jaitley. He'll be remembered for his long and distinguished service. Especially notable was his introduction of GST, efforts to improve ease of doing business and measures to combat corruption," the statement read. 

"Jaitley recognized the importance of US-India relationship and worked to improve economic ties between our countries. US Mission in India extends our deepest condolences to former minister Jaitley’s family and many friends, as well as to all the citizens of India".

Jaitley breathed his last on Saturday. He was 66.

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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) released an official statement to confirm the sad demise. Earlier, AIIMS sources said that Jaitley's health had deteriorated.
 
Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9. He was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the country's premier medical institution.

Jaitley was not keeping well for some time. He did not even contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election citing health reasons. In February, Piyush Goyal had to present the interim budget as Jaitley was in US for treatment.

Jaitley had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.