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Respect-paying services held for former President around the globe

The Vietnamese Embassy and Consulate General in Germany are staying open on May 3-4 for individuals, organisations and Vietnamese people in the country to pay tribute to General Le Duc Anh, former President of Vietnam.

Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu and staff of the embassy as well as representatives of the Vietnamese community in Germany spent a minute of silence in memory of the former leader.

On May 3, foreign ambassadors in Germany, including Spain, Costa Rica, Ukraine, Jamaica, Cambodia, Malaysia and Burkina Faso, and representatives from the diplomatic corps, the Germany-Vietnam Friendship Association, as well as foreign friends came to the embassy to pay last tribute to the deceased.

General Le Duc Anh served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997. He passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Also on May 3, the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the UN, World Trade Organisations and other organisations in Geneva held a memorial service and opened the funeral book for former President Anh.

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of the mission, recalled great contributions by the former leader to the country, especially his efforts to normalise Vietnam’s relations with China and the US as well as the country’s joining of the ASEAN.

The diplomat said that the mission received condolences from many international organisations over the former leader’s passing away.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong (China), the Vietnamese General Consulate opened the funeral book in memory of General Le Duc Anh. Representatives from the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong, the administration of Hong Kong, general consulates of ASEAN countries, and diplomatic delegations from various countries in Hong Kong paid tribute to the former leader.

Writing on the funeral book, Thai Consul General in Hong Kong expressed deep condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam over the great loss, stating that the deceased made great contributions to the development of the Thailand-Vietnam relations.

The same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and held a memorial services for former President Le Duc Anh.

A delegation from the Malaysian Government led by Deputy Foreign Minister Haji Marzuki Yahya paid homage to the deceased. The official highly valued efforts by the former President to the strengthening of the bilateral partnership.

In Seoul, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Taeho headed a delegation to the Vietnamese Embassy to pay tribute to former President Le Duc Anh. Representatives from many countries in Seoul, including Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Ireland, Mexico, Angola, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, the US, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Thailand also came to the embassy to pay tribute to the deceased.

Memorial services for former President Le Duc Anh have also been held in many other countries around the world, including Belgium and Israel.