WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej:
“On behalf of the U.S. Chamber, and the American business community, we extend our deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand. His Majesty the King was loved and revered by the Thai people, and deeply respected in the United States and around the world for his wisdom and statesmanship. He will be remembered as a monarch who, through a broad range of development projects, focused on alleviating poverty and improving the well-being and welfare of all Thai people.
“Having been born in the United States, His Majesty holds a special place in the hearts of the American people. Thailand is America’s oldest friend and treaty partner in Asia, and the U.S. Chamber mourns with the Thai people.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.