US-ASEAN Business Council offers condolences on passing of former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar

(Washington, DC) - The Board of Directors, members and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council convey deepest condolences to the Lugar family and the ASEAN community on the passing on April 28 of the Honorable Richard Lugar, senior Senator from Indiana.

“I am saddened to learn of this loss of a gifted leader and foreign policy expert,” said Alexander C. Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Senator Lugar, in his decades of prolific public service, was also a global statesman who leaves a legacy of a safer world with his accomplishments in nuclear nonproliferation, and in ASEAN, a particularly important mark on the U.S.-Philippine relationship.”

Notably, Senator Lugar, as head a U.S. Congressional delegation, observed the 1986 Philippine presidential election and took a firm stance on his view that new elections should be held which has been noted as saving the U.S.-Philippine relationship by the Associated Press.

Senator Lugar’s political career includes two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis and six terms as U.S. Senator, more than any other senator from Indiana. While in office, Senator Lugar chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations twice from 1985 – 1987 and 2003 – 2007 and the Agriculture Committee from 1995 - 2001. One of Senator Lugar’s greatest marks was the passage of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, or the Nunn-Lugar Act, which saw the dismantling of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union. In 2013, Senator Lugar received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama.

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For 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.