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US President Obama pays tribute to His Majesty

UNITED STATES: US President Barack Obama has extended his condolences to Thailand for the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, calling him a “close friend” and partner of the United States.

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Thursday 13 October 2016, 09:31PM

US President Barack Obama meets with HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Nov 18, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
US President Barack Obama meets with HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Nov 18, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

“On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, her children and grandchildren, and the people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,”

“His Majesty the King was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many US Presidents. I had the honour of calling on His Majesty the King during my visit to Thailand in 2012, and recall his grace and warmth, as well as his deep affection and compassion for the Thai people.

“As the revered leader and only monarch that most Thais have ever known, His Majesty was a tireless champion of his country’s development and demonstrated unflagging devotion to improving the standard of living of the Thai people.

“With a creative spirit and a drive for innovation, he pioneered new technologies that have rightfully received worldwide acclaim. His Majesty leaves a legacy of care for the Thai people that will be cherished by future generations.

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“The American people and I stand with the people of Thailand as we mourn His Majesty the King's passing, and today we hold the Thai people in our thoughts and prayers.”


See White House statement in full here.



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