Statement from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. on the Passing of His Excellency Virachai Plasai, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America
The Royal Thai Embassy is deeply saddened to announce that His Excellency Virachai Plasai, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, passed away peacefully on 16 March 2019 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Throughout his 32 years of diplomatic service, Ambassador Virachai served the Kingdom of Thailand with dedication and distinction. As an accomplished diplomat and expert in international law, he earned respect and admiration from the Thai people and his colleagues worldwide.
Prior to assuming his position as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America in June 2018, Ambassador Virachai was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations in New York since March 2015. Among a number of notable achievements while serving at the United Nations, Ambassador Virachai chaired the Group of 77, the largest grouping of countries at the United Nations, for the year 2016. He was Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Netherlands from 2009-2015, after serving his country in a variety of international economic, legal and diplomatic capacities.
Ambassador Virachai’s family and the Royal Thai Embassy are deeply grateful for the condolences and support from friends and colleagues near and far. Members of the Royal Thai Embassy mourn this great loss. Ambassador Virachai will always be in our hearts and memories.
A book of condolences will be opened at the Royal Thai Embassy (1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.) on 19-21 March 2019 during 10am-3pm.
16 March 2019