Vietnamese Embassy in Japan h​olds a memorial service for former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on March 20 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith led a high-level delegation to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos in Vientiane on March 20.

The delegation included Silavong Khutphaythoun, Secretary and Governor of the Vientiane capital; Bounpon Bouttanavong, Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly; Saleumsay Kommasith, Foreign Minister, among others.

In the funeral book, the Lao PM expressed his deep sorrow at the passing away of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who made significant contributions to national protection and construction as well as strengthening the Vietnam-Laos special friendship and comprehensive cooperation.

Representatives from the Lao Foreign Ministry, the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee, and Vietnamese representative offices and Vietnamese people in Laos also came to the embassy to pay tribute to the late Prime Minister.

The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan held a memorial service for former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and placed funeral books that will remain until March 22.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong and staff of the embassy, and representatives from Vietnamese representative offices in Japan solemnly offered incense to the former Government leader.

After observing a minute of silence in memory of the deceased, the Ambassador reviewed PM Khai’s contributions to the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation, as well as the country’s Renewal and nation-building cause.

Former Politburo member and former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai passed away at 1:30 on March 17 at Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, aged 85. - VNA