ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Energy Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari represented Pakistan at the Royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, a foreign ministry statement said yesterday.

   The Royal Cremation Ceremony held in Bangkok Thursday was attended by dignitaries from over forty countries from around the world. King Bhumibol Adulyadej had passed away on October 13, 2016.

Leghari, the statement said, participated in the Royal cremation ceremony as Special Envoy of the President of Pakistan.

“The high-level participation marks the deep sense of grief that the government and people of Pakistan have shared with the government and people of Thailand on the passing away of their beloved King. The Minister paid the utmost respect and homage in honour of the Late King on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan,” said the statement.

Leghari also conveyed heartfelt condolences to His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand, it said.

The late King played a fundamental role in the development of Thailand and the wellbeing of the Thai people. He would also be remembered for his vision and leadership in promoting Thailand's relations with the international community, said the statement.

“Pakistan and Thailand enjoy excellent and cordial relations. His Majesty the Late King had a strong contribution to Thailand-Pakistan friendship. The people of Pakistan still cherish the landmark visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to Pakistan in 1962. That visit laid the foundation of a long lasting relationship between the two countries, which has strengthened and diversified in many fields over the last decades,” it added.