New Delhi, Aug 17: The US on Friday reacted to the demise of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that the bilateral relationship between the two countries will continue to benefit from his vision which helped in the promotion of economic prosperity and security of the region and the world. Also Read - US Welcomes India’s Decision to Ban 59 Chinese Apps, Mike Pompeo Says it Will Now Boost National Security

“He recognised early on that US and India, based on their shared democratic values, could develop a partnership that would contribute to economic prosperity and security of the region and the world,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. He further said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision helped in promoting expanded cooperation. Also Read - US Slaps Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials Responsible For Beijing's Hong Kong Policy

“The American people and I stand with the people of India as we mourn (former) Prime Minister Vajpayee’s passing. Today, we hold the people of India in our thoughts and prayer,” he said. Pompeo said that Vajpayee advocated for India’s development while also recalling a line that the former prime minister had said at the US Congress in 2000. (How Pakistan, Bangladesh And Other Nations Condoled Former PM’s Demise) Also Read - 'Shifting US Military From Europe to Counter Chinese Threat to India, Southeast Asia', Says Mike Pompeo

“We know that many Indians will reflect on Prime Minister Vajpayee’s many contributions that led to India’s rise as a global and economic power. He championed tirelessly for his country’s development and demonstrated a devotion to improving the lives of every Indian. Standing before the United States Congress in 2000, he famously characterised U.S.-India ties as a ‘natural partnership of shared endeavours,” Pompeo said.

93-year-old Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the moderate face of the BJP who attracted allies and formed the first saffron government at the Centre in the 1990s, died after a long illness. He breathed his last at 05:05 PM on Thursday. The BJP co-founder, who had faded from public life for more than a decade following health complications, was admitted to AIIMS with a kidney infection and chest congestion on June 11.