Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited the Cambodian Embassy in Vietnam on June 19 to offer his deepest sympathies over the the passing of President of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and President of the Senate Chea Sim.

In his notes in the funeral book, the Vietnamese leader highlighted the important contributions made by Chea Sim as an excellent leader of Cambodia to the country’s peace and national unity cause as well as its national construction and development.

The death of the Cambodian leader is a great loss to Cambodia and Vietnam loses a close friend who made important contributions to the development of the traditional solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the CPP as well as the two States and peoples, he said.

On the same day, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment and Vice President of the Vietnam-Cambodia Cooperation Subcommittee Nguyen Chi Dung, and representatives from the Ministries of Defence, and Public Security and a number of other agencies also wrote their condolences in the funeral book.

A delegation from the Party Committee People’s Committee and People’s Council and Vietnamese Fatherland Front led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vo Van Thuong also paid tribute to the late Cambodian leader at the Cambodian Consulate General in HCM City.

Chea Sim, who died on June 8 from an illness, served as President of the National Assembly of Cambodia from 1981-1998.

He held various positions in both the executive and legislative branches, ranging from Chairman of the Council of State, Minister of the Interior and Head of both the lower house and upper house.

He was elected as President of the CPP during its establishment in 1991 and President of the Senate in 1999.-VNA