General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong on September 26 hosted Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, who is in Hanoi leading a high-ranking delegation to the funeral for President Tran Dai Quang.

Vice President Viphavanh sincerely conveyed the deep condolences and infinite grief of the Lao Party, State, National Assembly, Government, and Lao Front for National Construction to their Vietnamese counterparts over the passing of President Tran Dai Quang.

He reflected on the valuable contributions made by President Quang in Vietnam’s national defence, construction, and development.

The departure of President Quang is not only a great loss for the Vietnamese Party, State, and people, as well as his family, but also the Lao Party, State, and people have also lost a close friend, he stressed.

President Tran Dai Quang made important contributions to promoting the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam in recent years, he noted.

On behalf of the Party, the State and people of Vietnam, General Secretary Trong sincerely thanked the Lao side for offering condolences over the death of President Tran Dai Quang, and especially for assigning the Lao delegation to attend the funeral.

He praised Laos for its observation of the two-day national mourning for President Tran Dai Quang, remarking that this shows the special, loyal, and rare solidarity in international relations between the two parties, states, and peoples.

The Vietnamese Party leader affirmed that the Vietnamese Party, State, and people will do their best in joining hands with their Lao peers to preserve and further develop the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity for prosperous development of the two nations, as well as for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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