Carter Offers Condolences on Death of Thailand’s King

Oct. 13, 2016 , DOD News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his condolences today on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

The 88-year-old king was the longest-serving head of state, having taken the throne June 9, 1946, at age 19.

Carter’s statement reads as follows:

“On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I join President Obama in offering my condolences to the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Thailand and the people of Thailand, on the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His majesty served his nation tirelessly, and his dedication to the people of Thailand will be remembered by future generations.

“As his majesty's legacy is being honored around the world, I want in particular to recognize his majesty's contributions to the longstanding alliance between our two nations. His efforts to promote peace and stability both within Thailand and throughout the region have greatly benefited the Thai people and the global community, and will have a lasting impact. Our thoughts are with the people of Thailand during this difficult time.”