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Leaders offer condolences on Thai King’s death

Update: October, 14/2016 - 15:00
Large crowds of people have gathered in front of the Grand Palace, waiting to take part in the ceremonial bathing of the portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol, who passed away yesterday at age 89. — Photo The Nation
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HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân on Friday sent their condolences to Thailand over the death of King Bhumibol Abdulyadej. 

In their letter, the leaders said under the 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Abdulyadej, Thailand had grown strongly and Thai people had enjoyed prosperity. 

“As a neighbour and a strategic partner of Thailand, Việt Nam treasures the King’s contributions to enhancing cooperation between the two countries,” they said. 

They expressed their hope that Queen Sirikit , the royal family and people of Thailand will overcome the huge loss and continue to bring the country forward as the King desired. 

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh conveyed his sympathies to Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai . 

King Bhumibol Abdulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, passed away at 3.52 pm on October 13, at the age of 88.

King Bhumibol Abdulyadej officially came to the throne in 1950. He was a symbol of national unity in Thailand and widely revered in the country.

He was one of the most beloved kings of Thailand thanks to over 2,000 development projects, which helped change the lives of millions of poor Thai farmers.

Under his reign, Thailand recorded great achievements across fields, especially in economy, culture, science and technology.

The king was presented with the Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award by former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan in June 2006.

According to Thailand’s royal succession law, Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn will be the new monarch. — VNS

 

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