Many countries worldwide have extended condolences to Viet Nam over the death of President Tran Dai Quang, while Cuba has declared a national day of mourning for the Vietnamese President.
President Tran Dai Quang (R) in a meeting with US President Donald Trump (Source: VNA)
In an announcement on State television on Friday evening (local time), the Council of the State of Cuba said that the mourning period would extend from 6am on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.
During the period, the Cuban flag will be hoisted at half mast at public buildings and military institutions nationwide. Public shows and festive activities will be suspended during the period.
Earlier on the same day, the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, sent his condolences to the Vietnamese people, and a minute of silence was dedicated to the Vietnamese State leader before a working session began at the National Assembly’s headquarters.
On behalf of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee, the National Assembly and Government of Laos and the Lao Front for National Construction, Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachit on Friday cabled a message of condolences to the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee, the National Assembly and Government of Viet Nam, and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, in which he expressed his deep condolences over the passing of President Quang.
“We highly appreciated contributions made by President Tran Dai Quang to the protection, construction and development of Viet Nam, especially in the fields of security and social order. He significantly contributed to the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos in the past time,” the message read.
The Lao leader stressed that President Quang’s death is a huge loss to both the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and peoples.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, in his condolences addressed to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, called President Tran Dai Quang a great and admirable leader of the Vietnamese people, and a great friend of Cambodia. He offered his deepest sympathy to the Vietnamese Government and people for this loss.
The same day, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping extended condolences to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. He wrote, “We are shocked to hear that comrade Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, has passed away. On behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and people, as well as in my own name, I extend the deepest condolences to you and to the CPV and the government and people of Vietnam through you.”
"We are deeply saddened by his death," Xi added.
“Comrade Tran Dai Quang was an outstanding party and State leader of Viet Nam, and made great contributions to the development, renovation and opening-up of Viet Nam”, Xinhua News Agency quoted the Chinese president as saying.
As a close comrade and friend of the Chinese people, Quang committed himself to inheriting and carrying forward the China-Viet Nam traditional friendship and actively promoted the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries, Xi noted.
Also, he expressed his belief that under the strong leadership of the General Secretary, the CPV, the Vietnamese Government and people will turn their grief into strength and constantly make new achievements in the cause of socialist construction.
The Chinese president also extended his deepest condolences to the family of President Quang.
US President Donald Trump also issued a statement expressing his condolences over the death of President Quang.
“President Quang was a great friend of the United States. We will not soon forget his contributions to peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region or his voice for Vietnam as a proud and independent nation on the world stage,” Trump said.
The Kremlin Press Office of Russia announced on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had sent condolences to the Vietnamese people, family and friends of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.
Putin said President Tran Dai Quang, as the head of State as well as in many other positions, always deserves the respect of the Vietnamese people and international friends.
President Tran Dai Quang has fulfilled his task of strengthening national security and protecting the interests of Viet Nam around the globe, he added.
The Russian leader praised the contributions made by the Vietnamese President to strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership between Viet Nam and Russia, as well as the bilateral cooperation for mutual benefits in many areas.
On the same day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also sent his condolences to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
The Russian Ambassador to Viet Nam Konstantin Vnukov conveyed his condolences to Viet Nam. The Russian Embassy’s Twitter page wrote "We are deeply sad to hear about the passing of the President of the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam Tran Dai Quang."
On Friday afternoon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent sympathy message to the Government and people of Việt Nam and the family of President Quang, saying that he was very shocked and deeply saddened to receive the news that President Quang has just passed away.
He recalled that President Quang warmly welcomed the Japanese Emperor and Empress during their State visit to Viet Nam in the last spring, and made a State visit to Japan from the end of May to the beginning of June this year, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Viet Nam-Japan diplomatic ties.
President Quang devoted his utmost to the friendship between the two countries, PM Abe wrote.
The Japanese PM affirmed that Japan and Viet Nam, as strategic partners, are deeply saddened by the death of President Tran Dai Quang, who, with his leadership, built the close cooperation across fields between the two countries”
On the same day, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro extended a message of condolences on the Vietnamese President’s death, which said President Tran Dai Quang not only led Viet Nam in the national socio-economic development but also contributed to improving Viet Nam’s position in the region and the international arena.
President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also extended their deep condolences to the Vietnamese people.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deepest condolences to the Party, nation and people of Việt Nam and the family of President Tran Dai Quang.
“We have fond memories of his great friendship for India and his successful state visit in March this year,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.
Also on Friday, the Government of Venezuela cabled a message of sympathy to the Government and people of Việt Nam for the death of President Quang.
In a statement, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry highlighted the Vietnamese President’s political career and hailed him as a symbolic pillar in the effort to strengthen a multi-polar world, and for harmony and cooperation among countries.
In a message of condolence to the Vietnamese Government and people on September 21, the Government of Argentina said during the tern of President Tran Dai Quang, the strategic relationship between the two countries was continually strengthened. It said President Quang would be forever remembered by the Government and people of Argentina.
The Government of Nicaragua, the foreign ministries of Bolivia and Paraguay, and the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front of El Salvador sent messages of sympathy to the family of President Quang, and the Government and people of Viet Nam.
The General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday held a minute’s silence to remember Vietnamese President Quang before opening its third plenary session with the participation of 193 member nations.
The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement saying that the Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of President Tran Dai Quang, and presented his deepest sympathies to the President’s family and to the Government and people of Viet Nam.
“A friend of the United Nations and an important promoter of Viet Nam’s development, President Quang will long be remembered in his country and beyond,” the statement said.
President Tran Dai Quang passed away at 10:05am on Friday in Ha Noi at the age of 62 due to serious illness.
He was elected President of Viet Nam on April 2, 2016.