Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi (left) and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign leaders have extended messages of condolences to their Vietnamese counterparts over the passing of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Do Muoi.

In a letter sent to CPVCC General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro said he was saddened when learning about the death of the former Party chief.

As a close friend of Cuba, comrade Do Muoi had contributed to consolidating the fraternity between the two countries, he said.

Raul Castro extended the deepest sympathy to Party General Secretary Trong and former Party General Secretary Do Muoi’s family.

President of Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers Miguel Diaz Canel also cabled condolence messages to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

The government and people of Cuba always keep in mind comrade Do Muoi’s contributions to the development of the long-standing friendship and fraternity between the two countries, he said.

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her sympathy to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc while President Win Myint extended condolences to Acting President Thinh.

They highly valued former Party General Secretary Do Muoi’s outstanding leadership and great contributions to advancing political, economic and social position of Vietnam in regional and international arena.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai sent messages of sympathy to PM Phuc and Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

The Thai leaders praised the Vietnamese former Party chief’s great contributions to Vietnam’s Doi Moi (Reform) process, and laying a firm foundation for the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Other condolence messages came from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and President of Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance and Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Toshihiro Nikai to PM Phuc and President of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh.

Deputy PM and FM Minh also got a message from Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro.

In their letters, the Japanese leaders praised former General Secretary Do Muoi as a talented leader who significantly contributed to national development and paid due attention to promoting the Vietnam-Japan relationship.

In a message to Party General Secretary Trong, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in hailed former Party General Secretary Do Muoi for his great contributions to the relations between Vietnam and the RoK, especially the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic ties.-VNA