More condolences to Vietnam over President Quang’s death

Friday, 2018-09-28 14:02:33
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An overview of the memorial service for late President Tran Dai Quang. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Leaders of foreign countries, international organisations, and communist parties have continued to offer condolences over the passing of President Tran Dai Quang to the Party, State, Government and people of Vietnam and his bereaved.

In their condolence message, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) wrote that: “We share the grief and mourning of President Quang’s family as well as the Government and people of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

As a highly respected leader who had dedicated his life and career to his people, President Quang left Vietnam and our region a better place. We appreciate President Quang’s contributions to our ASEAN family.”

* Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko of Russia sent condolences to the Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly, saying that President Quang is a talented and steadfast leader deserving the great respect and high trust that people and international friends have given to him.

They highly valued the late President’s enormous contributions to the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership, adding that the bright memories of the leader will live forever in the hearts of millions of Russians.

* President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte conveyed condolences to Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh while Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano also sent a similar message to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

In the letters, they said President Tran Dai Quang is a true friend of the Philippine people and will always be remembered for tireless efforts during his whole life to strengthen relations with the Philippines and other countries in the region.

* In their messages respectively sent to Acting President Thinh and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke highly of the huge contributions Tran Dai Quang made in many positions he held, stressing his important role in reinforcing the bilateral relations with Australia and elevating the countries’ ties to a strategic partnership earlier this year.

* Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump issued a statement on the passing of President Quang, noting that: “On behalf of the American people, I express my condolences to his family and the people of Vietnam. President Quang was a great friend of the United States.”

“We will not forget his contributions to peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region or his voice for Vietnam to become a proud and independent nation on the world stage,” the statement added.

* UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay sent a condolence letter to Acting President Thinh, mourning the death of the exemplary leader, who had many important contributions to the promotion of sustainable development values in Vietnam. She also repeated UNESCO’s commitments to continuing to work closely with the Vietnamese people and Government to bolster the cooperation between the organisation and Vietnam.

* Myanmar President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi also sent condolences to PM Phuc, while Spanish King Felipe VI extended profound condolences to Acting President Thinh and the bereaved.

Leaders of other countries also sent letters and messages of condolences to the leaders of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, and the family of President Tran Dai Quang.

They included Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, Governor-General Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, President of Ireland Michael Daniel Higgins, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

* Condolences also came from the leaders of the Communist Party of Peru – Red Fatherland, the Communist Party of Uruguay, the Movement of Popular Participation of Uruguay, the Dominican Revolutionary Party, and the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee.

* Turkey’s FM Mevlut Cavusoglu sent a letter and message of condolences to Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh.

* The Vietnamese embassy in China held a tribute-paying service for President Tran Dai Quang and opened funeral books on September 26-27.

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu led a delegation from the Chinese parliament to lay a wreath and offer incense in tribute to President Tran Dai Quang. State Councilor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and Chief Justice and President of the Supreme People’s Court of China Zhou Qiang, one of the foreign guests hosted by the President during his final working days, were also present.

In the funeral book, Chinese Party and State leaders spoke highly of the President’s contributions to national development and bilateral traditional friendship.

On September 26-27, over 70 delegations from the Chinese Party, National Assembly, and Government, as well as diplomatic corps and international organisations in China came to the Vietnamese embassy to write in the funeral book and extend sympathies to the Vietnamese Party, Government, and people.

* At the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, First Vice President of the State Council and the Council of Ministers Salvador Valdes Mesa, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Leopoldo Cintra Frias, and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina paid their tribute to President Tran Dai Quang.

Writing in the funeral book, Salvador Valdes Mesa stressed that President Quang is a close friend of Cuba and he will be forever remembered as a person who greatly contributed to the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

* At the Vietnamese embassy in Myanmar, First Vice President of Myanmar U Myint Swe wrote that President Quang will be always remembered for his dedication to the development of Vietnam and the ASEAN Community.

* Meanwhile, a number of Polish officials paid respect to President Tran Dai Quang at the Vietnamese Embassy in Poland over the last two days. They included Minister of the Polish President’s Office Adam Kwiatkowski, Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki, Director of Foreign Affairs at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Marek Korowajczyk, and Director of Asia Pacific Department at the Foreign Ministry Paweł Milewski.

Parliamentarian Grzegorz Napieralski, who chairs the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group, other members of the group and foreign diplomats in the country also came to the Vietnamese Embassy to bid the last farewell to the leader.

* Similar ceremonies were also held at the Vietnamese embassies in the Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Algeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Argentina, Canada and the UK.