Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in Hanoi on May 2 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception in Hanoi on May 2 for high-ranking delegations from Cambodia and Laos who are in Vietnam to attend the State funeral for former President General Le Duc Anh.

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, who leads the Cambodian delegation, expressed his deep sorrow and condolences over the passing away of the former President.

The Cambodian PM described General Le Duc Anh as a close friend and a comrade who contributed to the liberation of Cambodia from the genocidal regime in 1979.

He again thanked the Party, State and Government of Vietnam as well as General Le Duc Anh for providing support for Cambodia and helping the country build an army with all three forces.  

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Saysomphone Phomvihane, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao Front for National Construction, in Hanoi on May 2 (Photo: VNA)

Head of the Lao delegation, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Saysomphone Phomvihane, conveyed the deep sorrow from the Lao Party, State, National Assembly and LFNC to their Vietnamese counterparts over the death of the former President.

He praised the valuable contributions made by General Le Duc Anh to the revolutionary cause of Vietnam and the Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation.

On behalf of the Party, State, Government and people of Vietnam, Prime Minister Phuc thanked leaders of Cambodia and Laos for their expression of sympathy and for sending delegations to Vietnam to attend the funeral of General Le Duc Anh.

The PM took the occasion to reiterate the importance that Vietnam attaches to the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia, and the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Laos.

He shared the guests’ resolve to work closely together to further develop the Vietnam-Cambodia and Vietnam-Laos relations.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Vietnam declared national mourning for the former President on May 3 and 4.

A State funeral was held for General Le Duc Anh on May 3. -VNA