30/08/2018 09:37 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Over 200 organisations, individuals pay tribute to US senator

 More than 200 organisation representatives and individuals came to the US Embassy in Hanoi to extend their sympathies over the passing of US Senator John McCain from August 27-29, according to the embassy.

Among those were Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Affairs Nguyen Van Giau, and representatives from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, several ministries, agencies, organisations and the Vietnam-US Society. They wrote in the condolence book in memory of the deceased.

Representatives from many embassies of foreign countries and international organisations in Hanoi and Vietnamese alumni in the US also paid tribute to McCain, who made great contributions to healing the wounds of the war, normalising Vietnam-US relations, and fostering the comprehensive partnership between the two nations.

Senator John McCain passed away on August 25 (US time) at the age of 81.

He himself served in the invading war of the US in Vietnam. He joined in the Rolling Thunder air campaign in 1967, bombing targets in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (northern Vietnam). His plane was shot down on October 26, 1967 and McCain was taken prisoner. He was returned to the US in an exchange of prisoners in 1973.

Returning from Vietnam, McCain joined politics and was one of the first persons campaigning for normalisation of US-Vietnam relations through promoting humanitarian issues such as removing unexploded ordnance left by the war, searching for missing-in-action personnel, supporting people with disabilities caused by the war, and detoxifying areas polluted by dioxin.

In 1994, the US Senate approved a resolution sponsored by McCain and Senator John Kerry, calling to end the economic sanction against Vietnam, paving the way for the normalisation of relations between the two countries one year later.

Following the normalisation of bilateral ties, McCain and Kerry visited Vietnam many times to address the issue of American missing-in-action soldiers (POW/MIA).

Along with pushing for the normalisation of relations with Vietnam, Senator McCain also supported the Vietnamese community in the US, serving as a bridge between them and the US authorities as well as the Vietnamese Government.