Int’l friends bid last farewells to former PM Phan Van Khai hinh anh 1Delegates pay tribute to late former PM Phan Van Khai at the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand opened the book of condolences on March 20-21 to pay tribute to former Politburo member and former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who passed away in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17 at the age of 85. 

During the two-day ceremony, the embassy welcomed Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Secretary-General to the Thai Prime Minister Anuson Chinvano (former Thai Ambassador to Vietnam), President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association Prachuab Chaiyasan, and 56 delegations of diplomats and representatives of overseas Vietnamese people in the country.

In his last farewells written on the funeral book, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai hailed the significant contributions that late former PM Phan Van Khai had made to the development of Vietnam and the prosperity of its people, saying that his sound leadership and strategic vision had enhanced the bilateral relations between Vietnam and Thailand.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Embassy in Turkey flied the Vietnam and ASEAN flags at half-mast and set up an altar for the passed-away leader in line with the local and Vietnamese practices.

From March 20-23, dozens of delegations, including those from the Offices of the Turkish President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister, embassies in Turkey, as well as overseas Vietnamese people in the country came and wrote in the book of condolences, expressing their sorrows over the passing of former PM Phan Van Khai.

Overseas Vietnamese and diplomats from foreign countries such as China, India, the US, Indonesia in Vancouver, Canada, also wrote in the funeral book and expressed condolences over the death of the outstanding and dedicated leader at the Vietnamese Consulate General in Vancouver from March 22-23.

Previously on March 20-21, the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada held a similar ceremony, receiving over 45 Canadian and international diplomatic representatives who came to share the sorrows with the Party, State and people of Vietnam and the family of late former PM Phan Van Khai over his decease.

Director General of the South and Southeast Asia and Oceania Bureau, under the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Ian Burchett sent a message to the ceremony, reading “Canadian people shared the sorrow with Vietnamese friends over the death of former PM Phan Van Khai, whose devotion and political view had been fueled by his love for the nation.”

Representatives from the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada also sent condolences and wrote farewells on the funeral book in the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada from March 20-21.-VNA