Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of ThailandHillary and I send our heartfelt condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. For seven decades, he worked to improve the lives of the Thai people, brighten their future, and be a good neighbor, as I saw when we worked together to support Timor-Leste, the first new nation of the 21st century. His Majesty deepened ties between the U.S. and Thailand, our first ally in Southeast Asia. He was a true servant leader, acting with wisdom, strength, humility, and genuine care for the welfare of all people. I was honored to visit Thailand as President on the 50th year of his reign when we celebrated our shared love of jazz music, and Hillary was grateful to have had the opportunity, with President Obama, to visit with His Majesty on her last trip to Thailand.
His Majesty was a kind, good leader. Our world needs more leaders like him today. We send our thoughts, prayers, and support to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and His Majesty’s entire family.