By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
Prime Minister O’Neill has written to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Hon. Prayut Chan-o-cha, offering condolences and highlighting the strengths of the Late monarch.
“I wish to convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathies on behalf of the Government and the people of Papua New Guinea, to the Queen and members of the Royal Family on the passing of the Late, His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.”
Over recent years Papua New Guinea and Thailand have strengthened bilateral relations, and the Prime Minster said the reverence to which King Bhumibol was held was remarkable.
“His Majesty was a revered leader during his lifetime and proudly represented Thai culture, tradition and heritage around the world for so many decades.
“As the world's longest serving Monarch, King Bhumibol, led his people as a leader of peace and harmony.
“Through turbulent times in global affairs over seventy years, King Bhumibol was the calm voice who guided his people.
“The people of Thailand are in distress for they loss and have now entered a year of mourning.
“Thailand is a very important friend of Papua New Guinea, and we feel for their loss on this sad occasion.”