A State funeral was held in Hanoi on October 24 for Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Nam Khanh, former deputy chief of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The general, who passed away on October 20 at the age of 86, was a member of the Party Central Committee during the fifth, sixth and seventh terms, and a former member of the Central Military Commission.

Senior Lieutenant General Khanh was born in 1927 in central Binh Dinh province.

He joined the revolution in 1945 and became a member of the Indochina Communist Party (now the Communist Party of Vietnam) in 1946.

He was appointed Major General in 1977, Lieutenant General in 1984, Senior Lieutenant General in 1988. In 1997, he retired.

In recognition of his contributions to the revolution, Senior Lieutenant General Khanh was awarded the Independence Order (first class), Military Exploit Order (first class), the Anti-American Resistance for National Salvation Order (first class) and other honours.

The leaders of the Party, State, Government, National Assembly and Vietnam Fatherland Front, former Party and State leaders and high-ranking officers of the armed forces paid last tribute to the veteran revolutionary. Representatives from many foreign embassies and international organisations also came to bid farewell to the general.

Senior Lieutenant General Khanh was buried at the Mai Dich cemetery, Hanoi on the same day.-VNA