Scene taken at the respect-paying services held at the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK (Photo: VNA)

London (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassies in the UK and France held respect-paying services for Vietnam’s former President Le Duc Anh on May 3.

Attending the ceremony in London, on behalf of the UK Government and people, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field extended his deepest condolences toward the passing of the former President.

The ceremony, to last until late May 4, has so far gathered the attendance of representatives from foreign embassies in UK, including those of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, China, Indonesia, and the Republic of Korea, among others.

Meanwhile, at the ceremony in Paris, Corine Crespel, a representative from the French Foreign Ministry’s Asia-Pacific Department, paid respect to the deceased. In the condolences book, she wrote about the significant role the former President once played in consolidating Vietnam – France relations.

The same day, many members of foreign diplomatic corps came to pay their homage.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Vietnam has declared two days of national mourning for him on May 3 and 4.-VNA