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Dr Ng Eng Hen offers condolences to Lao Deputy PM's son

Singapore's defence minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has written a personal letter of condolence to Major Soulixay Phichit, son of the Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-General Douangchay Phichit.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's defence minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has written a personal letter of condolence to Major Soulixay Phichit, son of the Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-General Douangchay Phichit.

Mr Douangchay and his wife Thanda Phichit died when the military plane carrying them and other Lao senior officials crashed in the Xieng Khouang province on Saturday.

Dr Ng said he and his wife had just met up with Major Soulixay's parents a few weeks ago in Hawaii where the defence ministers gathered for the ASEAN-US Informal Defence Ministers' meeting.

Dr Ng said he admired LG Douangchay's dedication and commitment to his responsibilities at the Lao Ministry of National Defence.

Dr Ng added that he is honoured to have worked with LG Douangchay as a fellow ASEAN defence minister, and that his passing is a great loss to Laos and the Lao Ministry of National Defence. 

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