Japan-Vietnam Special Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro pays tribute to former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnamese embassies in foreign countries on October 5 opened the books of condolence for former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi, who passed away on October 1.

At the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, many Japanese officials and friends expressed their sympathies over the death of the former Party General Secretary.

Among the mourners were Speaker of the House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hirotaka Akamatsu, Deputy Foreign Minister Norikazu Suzuki, Mie prefecture’s Governor Eikei Suzuki, Special Advisor of the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Tsutomu Takebe, and Japan-Vietnam Special Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro.

The Ambassadors of Laos, Thailand, and Bulgaria to Japan also paid tribute to the former Party leader.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong highlighted the great contributions of the former Party chief to the revolutionary cause of the Vietnamese Party, State, and people.

The former Party leader set a bright example for generations of Vietnamese to follow, he said.

Writing in the funeral book, Deputy Foreign Minister Norikazu Suzuki lauded the former Party General Secretary for his contributions to Vietnam’s development, as well as towards cooperative relations between the two countries.

Also on October 5, the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand held a minute’s silence for former Party General Secretary Do Muoi.

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai was the first to write in the condolence book.

Representatives of overseas Vietnamese in Thailand, as well as ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions of Cuba, Singapore, Australia, and Laos paid their last respects to the former leader.

In the Republic of Korea (RoK), Deputy Foreign Minister Cho Hyun; Lee Jae-Hwi, a representative of the ruling Democratic Party; and Ly Thua Vinh (Korean name  Lee Seung Young), a representative of the Ly family, paid homage to the former Vietnamese Party chief.

Delegations of foreign embassies in the RoK, including Russia, Laos, Qatar, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Panama, Kazakhstan, the US, the UAE, Cambodia, and the Ivory Coast, also came to the ceremony.

The mourners extended their deep sympathies to the family of the former leader, as well as the Party, State, and people of Vietnam. The ceremony will last until October 6.

The funeral of comrade Do Muoi will be organised in national mourning etiquette.

The respect-paying ceremony will start at 7am on October 6 at the National Funeral Hall, No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi and run until 7:30am on October 7.

The memorial service will be held at 9am on October 7 at the National Funeral Hall, No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi. The burial ceremony will take place from 1pm the same day in his native Dong My commune, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi.

During the two-day national mourning on October 6-7, national flags will be flown at half-mast at State offices and public places, and recreational and entertainment activities will be stopped.–VNA