Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng on Wednesday hosted Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, who is in Hà Nội leading a delegation to the funeral of President Trần Đại Quang.
Vice President Viphavanh conveyed the deep condolences and infinite grief of the Lao Party, State, National Assembly, Government and Lao Front for National Construction to their Vietnamese counterparts over the passing of President Trần Đại Quang.
He reflected on the valuable contributions made by President Quang in Việt Nam’s national defence, construction and development.
The passing of President Quang is not only a great loss for the Vietnamese Party, State and people, as well as his family, but also the Lao Party, State and people have lost a close friend, he stressed.
President Trần Đại Quang made important contributions to promoting the friendship between Laos and Việt Nam in recent years, he noted.
On behalf of the Party, the State and people of Việt Nam, Party leader Trọng sincerely thanked the Lao side for offering condolences over the death of President Trần Đại Quang, and especially for assigning the Lao delegation to attend the funeral.
He praised Laos for its observation of the two-day national mourning for President Trần Đại Quang, remarking that this shows a rare solidarity in international relations between the two parties, states and peoples.
The Vietnamese leader affirmed the Vietnamese Party, State and people will do their best to work with their Lao peers to preserve and develop the Việt Nam-Laos relationship for prosperous development of the two nations, as well as for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.
President Trần Đại Quang passed away at 10:05am on September 21 in Hà Nội due to serious illness at the age of 62. – VNS