Lao President offers condolences to DPRK leader over death of Kim Jong Il

December 21, 2011

Kim Jong-Il (right) sitting with visiting Lao President Choummaly Sayasone (center) and now-leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-Il's son, Kim Jong-Un (left) during a meeting in Pyongyang.

President Choummaly Sayasone yesterday sent a message of condolence to Acting Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, over the death of the country’s great leader, Kim Jong Il.

The General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission died suddenly on Saturday from heart disease at the age of 69.

The message from President Choummaly, who is also Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, read “I am deeply saddened to learn that Comrade Kim Jong Il, former General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and great leader of the DPRK, passed away suddenly from heart disease on December 17.”

The message went on to say that the passing of Kim Jong Il was a great loss for the Party, government and people of the DPRK, who had lost a great and beloved leader who devoted his intellect for the tasks of socialist national development.

Kim Jong Il’s death represents the loss of a close comrade and friend of the Party, government and Lao people, who contributed to strengthening the traditional friendly relations between the Lao PDR and the DPRK.

President Choummaly expressed his sadness and offered his condolences to the Party, government and people of the DPRK, particularly the family and relatives of Kim Jong Il in their time of grief.

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