Former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan was buried on Friday in a ceremony attended by his family, relatives and his friends. The Nation online has compiled messages of condolences and sorrow posted op Twitter from people across the world. Surin died of a massive heart attack on Thursday at the age of 68.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak
Sad to hear of the passing of Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN and Thai FM. A great loss not just to ASEAN but also to the world of diplomacy. Al-Fatihah
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
I am shocked by the sudden death of Surin Pitsuwan, Thailand’s former Foreign Minister and the former Secretary General of ASEAN. Surin was devoted to peace, democracy, and regional cooperation. He was a dear friend who was full of life. I will miss him greatly.
German Ambassador to Thailand Peter Pruegel
Deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of #Surin Pitsuwan, former FM and SG of #ASEAN, visionary statesman and ardent advocate of #ASEAN integration. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. #RIP
Government of Japan
We are saddened to learn that Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former SG of @ASEAN, passed away. He kindly contributed to our latest "We Are Tomodachi," sharing his views & insights on the Japan-@ASEAN relations. Our thoughts & prayers with his family and @ASEAN.
Ben King, Deputy Secretary, Americas & Asia Group, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr Surin Pitsuwan: former Foreign Minister of #Thailand & former Secretary-General of @ASEAN. A proud son of #Thailand and a tireless advocate of #ASEAN integration who had much more to give. Gone too soon: #RIP
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia W Patrick Murphy
Deepest condolences to his family, the Kingdom of Thailand, and all of ASEAN: Dr. Surin Pitsuwan was a great statesman, humanitarian, educator, and family man. Among his many contributions were strengthened US-#Thailand ties. It was an honor to call him a friend.
Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador to Thailand
Very sad news of the passing Dr Surin Pitsuwan. A great FM of Thailand, SecGen of ASEAN and a friend of Australia.
The Habibie Center
In memory of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN, who forever shall be remembered for his tireless efforts in advancing peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia.
Charles E. Morrison, Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center
Deeply saddened by sudden passing Surin Pitsuwan, ex-Thai Foreign Minister and Sec-Gen of ASEAN. A great loss to Th,world. Good EWC friend, trustee Asia Foundation, and long-time personal friend. Picture I took 3.5 weeks ago when we were both at @SalzburgGlobal
UNFPA Thailand expresses deep condolences to the family of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of @ASEAN and former Thai Foreign Minister who passed away today. It is a big loss to Thailand and the @ASEAN Community.