President Ronald Reagan of the United States of America, sent a message to Acting President Abdus Sattar of Bangladesh on the Death of President Ziaur Rahman immediately after he received the information on May 31, 1981.
The message read:
I was shocked and deeply grieved to learn of the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman. The United States—indeed the world—had come to respect President Zia’s profound and compassionate commitment to a better life for his people and his dedication to the rule of law.
His wisdom in international affairs will be sorely missed. I am confident that the people of Bangladesh are united in their determination to assure that the stability and progress of recent years will survive this tragedy.
Please extend to Begum Zia and her children my sincere condolences on this sad occasion.
Ronald ReaganThe message is available at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum and the The American Presidency Project