Friday, January 11, 2008

World leaders send condolences


World leaders send condolences

Royals, heads of state and govt send messages

Published on January 5, 2008

Leaders from more than 20 countries around the world have sent messages of condolences to Thailand over the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako, Prince Akichino Fumihito and Princess Akichino Kiko have sent their respective messages of sympathy to His Majesty the King.

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni and King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, who is well known in Thailand, have also sent their commiserations to the Kingdom.

Kuwait's Emir His Highness Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Bahrain's Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa sent letters to extend their condolences.

Neighboring Lao President Chommaly Sayasone and Singapore's President Sellapanh Rama Nathan, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent their condolence to HM the King.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday sent messages of sorrow and concern to HM the King.

Nigeria's President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar' Adua and Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala also sent messages of deep sorrow to Thailand.

All leaders said they were saddened by the death of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. They praised her role and dedication to the poor, according to the Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Tharit Charungvat.

Thai embassies around the world were open for overseas Thais and foreigners to pay tribute to the Princess, he said. Some leaders of foreign countries also signed message of condolences at Thai embassies abroad, Tharit added.

Supalak G Khundee

The Nation

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