Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (13 October) on the death of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej:
“For seven decades – a human lifespan – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej decisively shaped the destiny of Thailand. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death.
King Bhumibol tirelessly devoted himself to peace and to the well-being of the Thai people. For this, he was extraordinarily revered by everyone in Thailand. King Bhumibol also had a share in nurturing the deeply-rooted friendship between our countries, as well as between the people of Thailand and Germany. The world has lost an exceptional monarch and a head of state who played an important role far beyond Asia. I extend my condolences and my heartfelt sympathy to the royal family, and to the Thai people.”