Vietnam has lost a great leader: Cambodian acting head of state hinh anh 1At the ceremony (Source: VNA) 
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Vietnamese people have lost a great leader and Cambodia has lost a good friend in the passing of President Tran Dai Quang, wrote acting head of State and President of the Senate of Cambodia Samdech Say Chhum in a book of condolences on September 26.

He extended his deepest sympathy to the family of President Tran Dai Quang, the Government, the National Assembly (NA), and people of Vietnam, noting that the President’s prestige and achievements will remain forever.

Samdech Say Chhum led the delegation of the Cambodia State to pay tribute to the Vietnamese leader at a memorial service held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Phnom Penh.

Several delegations of Cambodian also came to the embassy to pay homage to President Tran Dai Quang, including a delegation of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by CPP Honorary Chairman and National Assembly Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin; a delegation of the Senate’s Commission for Education, Youth, Sports, Cults, Culture, and Tourism led by the commission’s chairman Mom Chim Huy; a delegation of the National Assembly led by First Vice President of the NA Nguon Nhil; and a delegation of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development led by Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhaily.

Earlier the same day, the Ambassadors of Laos, China, Japan, and Russia and representatives from ASEAN member states’ embassies also paid homage to the President alongside Vietnamese nationals and living and studying in Cambodia.

On the same day, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen led a high-level delegation to Vietnam to pay the last respects to President Tran Dai Quang. He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Affairs Samdech Sar Kheng and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection Men Sam An.

President Quang passed away at 10:05am on September 21 in Hanoi at the age of 62.

His state funeral began at 7:00am on September 26 at the National Funeral Hall, on 5 Tran Thanh Tong, Hanoi.

The memorial service will begin at 7:30am on September 27 at the National Funeral Hall. The burial ceremony will later take place from 3:30pm in the President's native land in Quang Thien commune, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. –VNA