Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese embassies in many
countries held ceremonies on March 20 to pay respect to former Politburo member
and former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who passed away on March 17 at the age
At the event in Beijing, Vietnamese Ambassador
to China Dang Minh Khoi emphasised the former PM’s significant contributions to
the reform of Vietnam and his dedication as a faithful communist who strived
for national independence, socialism and people’s happiness.
The diplomat said while serving as the PM of
Vietnam from 1997 to 2006, Khai greatly contributed to the friendly
neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and China. He
made many official visits to China and met with leaders of the Communist Party
of China and the State and Government of China.
During this period, aside from the fast progress
in bilateral cooperation in economy-trade, culture-education and
people-to-people ties, the two countries also attained a number of important
outcomes in solving outstanding problems, especially land- and sea-related
They signed the land border treaty on December
30, 1999, and the agreement on the Tonkin Gulf demarcation and the agreement on
fishery cooperation in the Tonkin Gulf on December 25, 2000, creating a solid
legal foundation for border and territory management and helping to build a
Vietnam-China border of peace, friendship and long-term stability, Khoi added.
Also on March 20 morning, a similar ceremony was
held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia. After reviewing former PM Khai’s
enormous contributions, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Quy Quynh, the embassy staff
and many Vietnamese people in Malaysia paid homage to the deceased.
Many foreign delegations in Malaysia also paid
tribute to the late leader, including the ambassadors of Cambodia, Namibia,
Gambia, Venezuela, Timor Leste, and Turkey.
In her speech at the ceremony at the Vietnamese
Embassy in Myanmar, Vietnamese Ambassador Luan Thuy Duong highlighted that then
PM Khai was resolved to gear regulations towards bringing into play the
capability of all economic sectors, especially the private sector, while
promoting the country’s integration into the world.
She stressed that the death of the former
Government leader is a great loss to the Communist Party of Vietnam and the
State and people of Vietnam.
Representatives of the Lao, Indonesian, US and
Czech embassies and Vietnamese businesses and people in Myanmar also came to
the ceremony to pay tribute to former PM Khai.
Respect paying ceremonies were also opened by
the Vietnamese embassies in Thailand and Indonesia in the morning of March 20.
The events will last through March 21, the same
time with the two-day State funeral for the deceased in Vietnam.-VNA