File photo: US Defence Secretary James Mattis (AFP Photo)
File photo: US Defence Secretary James Mattis (AFP Photo)

White House pays tribute to late King, sends delegation

national October 21, 2017 14:10

By The Nation

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President Donald Trump will send a delegation to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, the White House said on Saturday.

The White House Press Secretary said Secretary of Defence James Mattis would lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, joined by United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Glyn Davies.

President Trump extends his profound condolences on behalf of the American people for the passing of the late King, the statement said.

“He [HM the late King] was a champion of the Thai people and the United States-Thailand alliance. His innovative work, diplomacy, and 70 years of selfless service will ensure that his legacy will live on for many generations to come,” the statement said.

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