President Tsai pays respects to late Thai king

President Tsai Ing-wen traveled to the Thai representative office in Taipei on Monday to pay her respects to Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday at the age of 88.

King Bhumibol, the longest-reigning monarch in the world, died in hospital on Thursday after battling a long illness. He is highly revered in Thailand and was seen as a unifying figure in a country plagued by deep political divisions.

President Tsai expressed her condolences on behalf of the nation to the Thai royal family and the people of Thailand for the loss of their beloved leader. She also signed a book of condolences, using the title President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Thailand's representative to Taiwan, Piroon Laismit, said that during her visit on Monday, President Tsai viewed pictures taken during the late king's trip to Taiwan in 1963. The representative said he himself had a lasting impression of the king's trip.

It's proof of the very close ties between Thailand and Taiwan, and of the long friendship between the two," said Laismit.

The representative said that it's a sensitive time for Thailand, with the country in mourning. He called on the Taiwanese media to be careful to report the news accurately and to refrain from criticism, saying that when it comes to matters of succession there is a clear constitutional and legal procedure.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister David Lee, who accompanied President Tsai in her Monday visit to the Thai representative office, says there are currently no plans for Tsai to travel to Bangkok.

Source: Radio Taiwan International