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Foreign guests pay last respects to President Tran Dai Quang

Many delegations of foreign parties, States and Governments, and representatives of international organisations in Vietnam came to pay last respects to President Tran Dai Quang at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi on September 26. 

The mourners included Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hunsen, Vice President of Cuba’s  Council of State and Council of Ministers Roberto Morales Ojeda, and Deputy Chairwoman of the State Duma of Russia Epifanova Olga Nikolaevna led the delegations to the ceremony.

A delegation from Japan was led by Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Toshihiro Nika. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko also sent a wreath to the funeral.

Prime Minister Lee Nak Yeon led a delegation from the Republic of Korea, while Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean headed a delegation from Singapore.

Joining the line of delegations were delegates from the World Federation of Trade Union led by General Secretary George Mavrikos, and from Mozambique led by former President Armando Emilio Guebuza. 

Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Non-residential Pontifical Representative to Vietnam, and Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon also led delegations of the Vatican and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, respectively, to pay homage to President Quang.

The State funeral for the President began at 7am on September 26 at the National Funeral Hall, No.5 Tran Thanh Tong, Hanoi.

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

Respect-paying and memorial ceremonies for President Tran Dai Quang are also being held at the Thong Nhat Hall in Ho Chi Minh City and the Hall of the People’s Committee of Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province, the home province of the President.

The nation is observing a two-day national mourning on September 26 and 27.