Condolences pour in over passing of President Tran Dai Quang (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Many heads of state and government from foreign countries have sent their condolences to Vietnam over the death of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang.

On behalf of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee, the National Assembly and Government of Laos and the Lao Front for National Construction, Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachit on September 21 cabled a message of condolences to the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, the National Assembly and Government of Vietnam, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, in which he expressed his deep condolences over the passing of President Quang.

“We highly appreciated contributions made by President Tran Dai Quang to the protection, construction and development of Vietnam, especially in the fields of security and social order. He significantly contributed to the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in the past time,” the message read.

The Lao leader stressed that President Quang’s death is a huge loss to both the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and peoples.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, in his condolences addressed to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, called President Tran Dai Quang a great and admirable leader of the Vietnamese people, and a great friend of Cambodia. He offered his deepest sympathy to the Vietnamese Government and people for this loss.

The same day, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping extended condolences to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. He wrote, “We are shocked to hear that comrade Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, has passed away. On behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and people, as well as in my own name, I extend the deepest condolences to you and to the CPV and the government and people of Vietnam through you.”

"We are deeply saddened by his passing away," Xi added.

“Comrade Tran Dai Quang was an outstanding party and state leader of Vietnam, and made great contributions to the development, renovation and opening-up of Vietnam”, Xinhua News Agency quoted the Chinese president as saying.

As a close comrade and friend of the Chinese people, Quang committed himself to inheriting and carrying forward the China-Vietnam traditional friendship and actively promoted the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries, Xi noted.

Also, he expressed his belief that under the strong leadership of the General Secretary, the CPV, the Vietnamese government and people will transfer their grief into strength and constantly make new achievements in the cause of socialist construction.

The Chinese president also extended his deepest condolences to the family of President Quang.

The Kremlin Press Office of Russia announced on September  21 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had sent condolences to the Vietnamese people, family and friends of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

Putin said President Tran Dai Quang, as the head of State as well as in many other positions, always deserves the respect of the Vietnamese people and international friends.

President Tran Dai Quang has fulfilled his task of strengthening national security and protecting the interests of Vietnam around the globe, he added.

The Russian leader praised the contributions made by the Vietnamese President to strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership between Vietnam and Russia, as well as the bilateral cooperation for mutual benefits in many areas.

On the same day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also sent his condolences to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov conveyed his condolences to Vietnam. The Russian Embassy's Twitter page wrote "We are deeply sad to hear about the passing of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang."

On the afternoon of September 21, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent sympathy message to the Government and people of Vietnam and the family of President Tran Dai Quang, saying that he was very shocked and deeply saddened to receive the news that President Tran Dai Quang has just passed away.

He recalled that President Tran Dai Quang warmly welcomed the Japanese Emperor and Empress during their State visit to Vietnam in the last spring, and made a State visit to Japan from the end of May to the beginning of June this year, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties. 

President Quang devoted his utmost to the friendship between the two countries, PM Abe wrote.

The Japanese PM affirmed that Japan and Vietnam, as strategic partners, are deeply saddened by the death of President Tran Dai Quang, who, with his leadership, built the close cooperation across fields between the two countries”

On the same day, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro extended a message of condolences on the Vietnamese President's  death, which said President Tran Dai Quang not only led Vietnam in the national socio-economic development but also contributed to improving Vietnam’s position in the region and the international arena.-VNA