President Tran Dai Quang (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Leaders of countries, parties, and organisations continued sending letters of condolences to Vietnam over the death of President Tran Dai Quang.

President Tran Dai Quang passed away at 10:05am on September 21 in Hanoi at the age of 62 due to serious illness.

On September 24, the Special Envoy of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh to convey the King’s letter of condolences to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong.

In the letter, the King affirmed that the passing of President Tran Dai Quang is “a loss of a prominent and valuable leader of the Vietnamese nation and people, who had made positive contributions to the construction and development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”.

“The Queen Mother, Cambodian people and I would like to extend our sympathy to the family of the President and the fraternal Vietnamese nation and people,” he wrote.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo sent a letter of condolences to Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

In his letter, he expressed his regret not to be able to go to Vietnam to attend the funeral of the President, adding that he had assigned the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs to be his Special Envoy to pay tribute to the Vietnamese State leader on his behalf.

Japanese Emperor Akihito also cabled his condolence to Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

Leaders of many countries sent their sympathies to leaders of the CPV, the State and people of Vietnam, including Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Saudi Arabia’s King Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Guinea-Bissau’s President José Mario Vaz, Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Young Nam.

Leaders of the Communist Party of India’s National Council S.Sudhakar Reddy, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Chile Lautaro Carmona Soto and the party’s President Guillermo Teillier del Valle, General Secretary of the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) Aleksandar Banjanac, and Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardales also cabled messages of sympathies to the Vietnamese Party, State and people and the family of President Tran Dai Quang.

The overseas Vietnamese association in Udon Thani province of Thailand and the Annam Buddhist Sangha in Thailand also sent letters of condolences to the Party, Government and people.

The respect-paying ceremony for President Tran Dai Quang will start at 7am on September 26 at the National Funeral Hall on 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi.

The memorial service will be held at 7:30am on September 27 at the National Funeral Hall. The burial ceremony will take place from 3:30pm on the same day in the President’s hometown in Quang Thien commune, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. –VNA