Foreign delegations pay last respect to former Party chief Do Muoi hinh anh 1Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith shares his sympathy to the loss of former Party leader Do Muoi's family at the funeral. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Many delegations of foreign countries and international organizations on October 6 paid their last respect to Do Muoi, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, who passed away on October 1.

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, who is also a Politburo member, led a delegation of the country to the funeral for the Vietnamese former Party chief. Writing in the funeral guest book, the Lao leader expressed profound grief from the party, national assembly, government and front of the country over the passing of Do Muoi, and praised him for his great contributions to the national defence, construction and development of Vietnam, as well as the consolidation and nurture of the friendly and special ties and solidarity between the two nations.

The passing away of Do Muoi also means the loss of one of the closest friends of Laos, he stressed, describing the former Party chief as a staunch revolutionary and a talented and respectable leader of Vietnam.

A delegation of Cambodia led by Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An to the funeral expressed deep condolences to the Party, Government and people of Vietnam as well as the bereaved family over the passing of Do Muoi. In the funeral guest book, she described this as a loss of a top leader to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Cuban Communist Party led by Secretary of the party Central Committee Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesia and a delegation of the Japanese Communist Party also paid last respect to Do Muoi.

Many ambassadors, representatives of foreign countries and international organizations in Vietnam did the same and expressed their deep grief over the passing of the former Party General Secretary.

United States Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink wrote in the funeral guest book that throughout Do Muoi’s tenure, Vietnam and his country solved many issues left by history in an open manner, accelerated the reconciliation between the two nations and established official bilateral relations in 1995. On the basis of the legacy of Do Muoi, the governments and peoples of have developed their partnership and friendship in an intensive and extensive way, the diplomat stressed.

UNICEF Vietnam Representative Youssouf Ould Abdel-Jelil highlighted that the imprints left by Do Muoi will be preserved in Vietnam’s human-centred and sustainable development, in which Vietnamese children enjoy good care and chances for their fullest development.

Chief Representative of the IMP in Vietnam Jonathan Dunn praised Do Muoi for his great contributions to the country’s economic reform efforts in the initial stage which, he said, helped created outstanding improvements in the life of the Vietnamese people.

Cuban General Consul in Ho Chi Minh City Indira Lopez Arguelles called Do Muoi one of the great friends of her country. He stands as an icon of the friendship and friendship between the two nations, his passing is not only a loss of the Party and people of Vietnam but also that of Cuba, the diplomat stressed.

For his part, Russian General Consul in Ho Chi Minh City Alexei V. Popov affirmed that Do Muoi will remain forever in the heart of each people as an outstanding leader who had made great contributions to the consolidation of the relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Malaysian General Consul in Ho Chi Minh City Sofian A. Karim stressed that Do Muoi will be remembered for his special services to the country and people. His devotion is of great significance to the consolidation of the relations between Malaysia and Vietnam, the diplomat affirmed.

On behalf of the Japanese community in Ho Chi Minh City, General Consul Junichi Kawaue said his country will always bear memorize Do Muoi’s contributions to the pushing up of the fine cooperation and friendly relations between Japan and Vietnam.

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi was born on February 2, 1917, in Dong My commune, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi. He passed away in Hanoi on October 1 at the age of 101 due to serious illness. He served as General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee from June 1991 to December 1997, and was presented with an insignia of 80-year Party membership.

Vietnam declares two days of national mourning for him on October 6 and 7.-VNA