|Pope Francis meets with President of the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam, Trần Đại Quang, in a private audience in Vatican, on 23 November 2016. — AFP/VNA Photo
ROME — Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to Việt Nam on the passing of President Trần Đại Quang, reported Vatican Radio on Saturday.
In the message sent to Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh, the Pope extended his profound condolences and wished for peace and blessings to the Vietnamese people, especially the family of the late President.
In 2016, President Quang paid a call to Pope Francis and met the Prime Minister of the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The government and political parties of Brazil also cabled condolences to the Vietnamese government and people.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry issued a press release saying that as a State leader since 2016, President Trần Đại Quang walked on a meaningful path towards the development of Việt Nam – an important partner of Brazil in Southeast Asia, as well as the protection of multilateralism, settlement of disputes by peaceful means and facilitation of dialogues among nations.
In another message of condolence, President of the Communist Part of Brazil Luciana Santos lauded President Quang for leading the country to adapt to challenges of the era and by no means step back from meeting the aspirations of the founders of contemporary Việt Nam.
Ambassadors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore, Commander of the Air Force of Brazil, defence attachés of Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Egypt, China, Senegal, Cameroon, Indonesia, Namibia, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Poland, India, the Republic of Korea, Ecuador and Suriname also conveyed sympathy to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil. — VNS