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Condolences pour in from Thailand, Asean over demise of Surin

Nov 30. 2017
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By The Nation

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Thai and Asean authorities expressed condolences on the passing of Surin Pitsuwan, former Thai foreign minister and Asean secretary-general.

Surin died at 68 on Thursday following an acute heart attack.

Surin’s body was taken from Ramkhamhaeng Hospital to his residence in Nonthaburi. An Islamic burial ritual will be performed on Friday at 1pm.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said: “I extend my condolences on the loss of Surin Pitsuwan.”

The Foreign Ministry also joined in the mourning.

“As Foreign Minister, Dr Surin played a key role in the conduct of Thailand’s foreign policy,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Busadee Santipitaks said. “He contributed greatly to the advancement of Asean and the promotion of Asean interests on the international stage. His outstanding personality, knowledge and wisdom were truly recognised by global leaders.”

Asean’s official Twitter account also said: “We are deeply saddened to know that Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of #ASEAN passed away today. It is a big loss to #Thailand and the #ASEANCommunity. We convey our sincere condolences to his family”

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