WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Thursday after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who at the time of his death was the world’s longest reigning monarch:
“I extend my deepest condolences to the royal family, the people of Thailand, and the Thai community of Maryland on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol.
“Over seven decades, through periods of peace and turmoil, the King was widely revered by the Thai people as a stabilizing and respected leader. In particular, his interests in rural development and in strengthening ties with the international community and with the United States benefited his country and his people.
“The United States and Thailand have an enduring, strategic partnership dating back centuries and it is imperative that we replenish and strengthen our relationship during this time of transition in Thailand and increased tensions across South and East Asia.”