Former President Gen. Le Duc Anh is buried at Ho Chi Minh City cemetery (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam's permanent mission to the United Nations opened a condolence book for former President Gen. Le Duc Anh in New York on May 3.

Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet to UN Secretary General António Guterres, sent a representative to pay tribute to the former Vietnamese leader and write in the funeral book, affirming that former President Le Duc Anh will go down in Vietnam’s history as a talented and respected leader.

Ambassadors of several countries such as Laos, Cuba, Singapore and Australia also came to the mission’s headquarters to pay homage to Gen. Anh.

On the same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in the US also held a solemn respect-paying ceremony and opened the funeral book for him.

Crowds of representatives from the US administration, organisations and diplomatic missions of many countries in Washington DC came to pay tribute to the former Vietnamese President.

Susan Parker-Burns, Acting Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State, extended her profound condolences to the family of the deceased, emphasizing that under the leadership of the former President, Vietnam and the US made important steps forwards towards reconciliation and establishment of cooperative ties, laying important foundations for the current good relationship between the two countries.

In the funeral book, Chairwoman of the Board and CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families Ann Mills-Griffiths affirmed that President Le Duc Anh had made great contributions to building the US-Vietnam relations, including supporting and promoting Vietnam’s humanitarian policies on POW/MIA work,

Memorial services for former President Le Duc Anh were also held by the Vietnamese Embassies in Argentina, Mexico, Italy, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Mozambique, Ukraine, Bangladesh and Canada.

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. A State funeral for the former President was held on May 3.-VNA