Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Liu Qibao writes in the condolences book. (Photo: VNA)

Bejing (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in China on May 3-4 opened a condolences book for former President, General Le Duc Anh who passed away late last month at the age of 99.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chaiman of the Steering Committee of the National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu, and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang sent wreaths in memory of the Vietnamese former leader.

Paying last respects to the deceased, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Liu Qibao wrote in the condolences book that the passing of Le Duc Anh is a great loss for both Vietnamese and Chinese peoples, describing him as a friend of the Chinese people.

He affirmed that the Chinese Party and State always attach much importance to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam, and want to promote the Vietnam-China friendship collaboration in a practical and stable manner.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi, Deputy Secretary-General Hoang Anh Tuan and staffers at the ASEAN Secretariat on May 4 paid homage to former President Anh at the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi expresses his deep sympathies to the Vietnamese people over the passing of Le Duc Anh in the condolences book.
(Photo: VNA)

In the condolences book, Lim expressed his deep sympathies to the Vietnamese people over the passing of Le Duc Anh, who made great contributions to the nation’s peace, stability and economic development, particularly in the nation’s joining the ASEAN in 1995. He will be remembered as one of the most respected leaders in Vietnam and a leader that gave strong support to the ASEAN, the official wrote.

At the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters, the Vietnamese national flag flied at half-staff on May 3-4.-VNA