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President signs book of condolences mourning death of Thai monarch

2016/10/17 14:17:10

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the Thailand Trade and Economic Office in Taipei on Monday to pay homage to the country's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Oct. 13.

At a makeshift memorial, Tsai extended her deepest condolences to Thailand for its loss of a great leader in a book of condolences.

"On behalf of the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan), I hereby extend my most profound condolences to the Royal Family and the people of Thailand for their loss of a great leader, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej," Tsai wrote.

Several photos of a visit to Taiwan by the monarch, who was revered and loved by his people, were hung on the walls of the memorial hall.

Piroon Laismit, head of the Thailand office, showed Tsai one of the photos featuring the king's visit in 1963. Tsai told him that she remembered the event even though it occurred when she was still very young, Piroon said.

Tsai was born in 1956.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)
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