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Jakarta Post

Jokowi flies to Bangkok to pay last respects to King Bhumibol

  • Liza Yosephine
    Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 25, 2016   /  05:04 pm
Jokowi flies to Bangkok to pay last respects to King Bhumibol A Thai student colors a portrait of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 18. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and First Lady Iriana flew to Bangkok on Tuesday to pay their last respects to Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, according to a statement.  

"Upon arriving in Bangkok, the President and First Lady Irina will head to the Grand Palace to lay flowers near the remains of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej," the Presidential Press Bureau said in a statement on Tuesday.

The President is accompanied by several ministers and senior officials, including Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Presidential Secretariat head Darmansjah Djumala.

The President and the First Lady will then head to Wisma Indonesia at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok before flying back to Jakarta at the end of the day, the statement further said.  The presidential aircraft is expected to arrive at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta at 8 p.m. local time.

Jokowi expressed his condolences on the passing of King Bhumibol earlier this month. 

"On behalf of the government and people of Indonesia I express my deep condolences over the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The world has lost a leader who was close to the people, a carrier of peace, unity and prosperity for the people of Thailand," the President said during a press conference at the State Palace on Oct. 13. (evi)


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