Former Vietnamese President Gen. Le Duc Anh (second from right) visited Souphanouvong, advisor to the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee (third from right) during his friendship official visit to Laos in November 1993 (Source: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith led a high-ranking delegation to pay tribute to former Vietnamese President Gen. Le Duc Anh at the Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane on May 3.

In the funeral book, the top Lao leader wrote that with the passing away of comrade Le Duc Anh, not only the Vietnamese Party, State and people lost a beloved leader, but the Lao Party, State and people also lost a close friend and comrade.

Comrade Le Duc Anh had rendered outstanding services to Vietnam’s past struggle for national liberation and national building and defence cause over the past more than 80 years, and also made important contributions to strengthening and developing the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam over the past times, he wrote.

A representative from the Lao National Assembly described Gen. Le Duc Anh as an exemplary leader who played an important role in leading Vietnam from success to success when writing in the funeral book.

Delegations from the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, and several ministries of the country also paid tribute to the late Vietnamese leader.

Representatives from several embassies in Laos came to the Vietnamese Embassy to paid homage to him and write in the funeral book.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to 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 was held for the former President on May 3.-VNA