30 Nov '17, 9am

Former Asean sec-gen Surin Pitsuwan dies of heart attack

BANGKOK - Thailand's former foreign minister and secretary-general of Asean Surin Pitsuwan died of heart failure in hospital on Thursday (Nov 30), Thai media reported. He was 68 and is survived by his wife and three children, The Nation reported. According to the Bangkok Post, Dr Surin collapsed as he was preparing to speak at the Thailand Halal Assembly 2017 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre. He was rushed to Ramkhamhaeng Hospital and later pronounced dead. The Thai Foreign Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to Dr Surin and praised him for playing a key role in Thailand's foreign policy, the Bangkok Post reported. Responding to the news, the 10-member Asean grouping wrote on its official Twitter account: "We are deeply saddened to know that Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of Asean passed away today. It is a big loss to Thailand a...

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