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9/26/2018 9:00:07 AM

Late President Tran Dai Quang remembered abroad

“Simple” and “down-to-earth” were also the words that many people who knew the leader would use to describe him.

President Tran Dai Quang was admitted to the Military Central Hospital 108 on the afternoon of the same day. He went into a coma at around 5pm and never woke up.

On the previous day, he had two receptions: at 3:30pm, he hosted Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court of China Zhou Qiang. At 4:30pm, he met with heads of delegations to the 14th Assembly of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI 14).

Vietnam’s permanent mission to the United Nations held a ceremony to pay tribute to President Tran Dai Quang and opened a funeral book from September 24 through September 25 (New York time).

Large numbers of overseas Vietnamese, ambassadors and representatives from delegations to the U.N., international organisations in New York and local officials came to the mission’s headquarters to pay respect to the Vietnamese President.

Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations held a minute's silence to remember President Tran Dai Quang. (Source: VNA)

Ambassador to the U.N. Dang Dinh Quy addresses the ceremony, recalling President Tran Dai Quang's great contributions to the nation. (Source: VNA)

The heads of State and Government along with senior officials of many countries, who are in New York for the high-level meeting of the 73rd  U.N. General Assembly, also paid tribute to President Tran Dai Quang.

Writing in the funeral book, the guests expressed deep condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam over the death of the Vietnamese President.

The people and government of Cuba will always remember President Tran Dai Quang for his contribution to strengthening the historical ties between the two countries, President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel pays homage to President Tran Dai Quang. (Source: VNA)

Ambassador Khiane Phansourivon, head of the Lao Permanent Mission to the U.N., writes on the book of condolences. (Source: VNA)

U.S. friends also come to pay homage to President Tran Dai Quang. (Source: VNA)

On September 24, the U.N. flied the flag at half-mast in tribute to the Vietnamese President. Earlier on September 21, the U.N. General Assembly held a minute’s silence to remember President Tran Dai Quang. The same day, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres presented his deepest sympathies to the President’s family and to the Government and people of Vietnam.

“A friend of the United Nations and an important promoter of Vietnam’s development, President Quang will be long remembered in his country and beyond,” the statement issued by the U.N. Secretary General spokesperson said.

On September 24, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha paid tribute to President Tran Dai Quang at the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok. The Prime Minister wrote in the funeral book that President Quang’s contributions to Vietnam and ASEAN will be remembered and treasured by all.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha pays respect to President Tran Dai Quang at the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok, September 24, 2018.  (Photo: VNA)

Before the 58th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, which opened in Geneva, Switzerland on September 24, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry announced the death of the Vietnamese head of State and extended deep condolences to the bereaved family, and the Government and people of Vietnam.

Participants in the 58th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies in Geneva, Switzerland on September 24 held a minute’s silence in memory of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. (Photo: VNA)

In Vientiane, Laos, hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers, as well as Vietnamese nationals in Laos, attended a requiem in commemoration of President Quang at Phat Tich Temple on September 23.

The President graduated from the People’s Police University and the School of Foreign Languages under the Ministry of Home Affairs, now the Ministry of Public Security.

He served as Deputy Minister of Public Security from 2006 to August 2011, and Minister from August 2011 to March 2016. He assumed office as the President on April 2, 2016.

President Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province after a state funeral in Hanoi./.

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