National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng and a high-level delegation of the Vietnamese Party and State arrived in Vientiane yesterday to attend the funeral of the Lao former National Assembly Chairman Saman Vinhaket. - VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The Party Central Committee, National Assembly, President and Government of Việt Nam has sent a message of condolence to their Lao counterparts over the death of former Politburo member and National Assembly Chairman Saman Vinhaket.
“The passing away of comrade Saman Vinhaket is a great loss to the Party, State and people of Laos and his family, as well as for the Party, State and people of Việt Nam for losing a close friend and a comrade who made important contributions to the building, reinforcement and development of the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between Việt Nam and Laos,” read the message on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh also conveyed his condolences to Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.
National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng and a high-level delegation of the Vietnamese Party and State arrived in Vientiane yesterday to attend the funeral of the former leader.
Saman Vinhaket, who passed away on Friday, was a former member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee (tenure II and III), former Secretary of the third LPRP Central Committee, and former Politburo member of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th tenure. He was also former chairman of the third, fourth and fifth National Assembly of Laos.
He served as head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Organisation Commission, Minister of Education, Defence Minister, head of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Armed Forces and head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Steering Commission for Ideology, Theory and Culture. - VNS