Respect-paying ceremony for President Tran Dai Quang held abroad hinh anh 1Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the US Joseph Felter writes in the funeral book (Source:VNA)

Washington DC (VNA) - The Vietnamese Embassy in the US on September 26 held a solemn respect-paying ceremony and opened the funeral book for President Tran Dai Quang who passed away on September 21.

In his writing in the funeral book, Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc expressed grief over the passing of President Quang who made great contributions to the national construction and defence and to the diplomacy in particular, stressing that the departure of the President is a great loss to the Vietnamese Party, State and people.

Crowds of representatives from the US administration, organisations  and diplomatic offices of many countries in Washington DC came to pay tribute to the Vietnamese President, including those from the Department of Defence, the Department of State of the US; the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA); the US Business Council; and ambassadors of ASEAN member nations.

Patricia Mahoney, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State stressed that President Quang was a devoted and dedicated leader, a great friend of the US, who always supports the expansion of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.

Meanwhile, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the US Joseph Felter expressed his honour to meet President Quang in early 2018. He expressed his deep grief at the sudden departure of the Vietnamese leader.

Emile M. Schepers, Head of CPUSA’s international department also offered his condolences to the Party, State of Vietnam and the family of President Quang.

The same day, many agencies of Canada, diplomatic delegations, friendship organizations and Vietnamese expats living in the country also came to pay tribute to President Quang at the Vietnamese Embassy.

Ambassador Nguyen Duc Hoa and the staff of the embassy held a minute’s silence to remember President Quang. 

In their writing in the funeral book, representatives from diplomatic offices of Russia, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Greece, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Algeria, Benin, Pakistan, Jamaica, Guyana, the Philippines, France, Italy, Croatia, Litva, Moldova, Ecudor, Madagascar and Iraq expressed their deep condolences.

Also on September 26, the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina arranged respect-paying ceremony and opened the funeral book for President Tran Dai Quang.

On behalf of the Argentinean government, Head of the Asia and Oceania Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote in the funeral book, praising the role of President Quang and sending his deep condolences to the Vietnamese Party and State of Vietnam and the President’s family.

Many representatives from the Communist Party of Argentina, the Argentina-Vietnam Cultural Institute, those from embassies and diplomatic agencies of Cuba, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Russia, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, Peru, El Salvador, Palestine, Belarus, Nicaragua, Turkey, and Mexico, and Argentina friends came to paid tribute the Vietnamese President. -VNA