Hagel Offers Condolences for Fallen Laos Defense Minister
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2014 In a statement issued today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, offer their condolences on the passing of Laos Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife, Thanda Phichit.
The defense minister and his spouse were killed May 17 in a plane crash in Laos.
The secretary’s statement reads as follows:
“Lilibet and I were deeply saddened to learn that Laos Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife, Thanda Phichit, were killed in a plane crash on Saturday, May 17th.
“We had the pleasure of hosting Minister Douangchay and Madam Thanda Phichit at the U.S.-ASEAN defense forum last month in Hawaii. I appreciated the opportunity to work with the minister to help advance our two countries’ emerging defense relationship, and to strengthen the U.S.-ASEAN partnership.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the families of those lost, and the people of Laos.”