Vietnam’s embassies mourn General Vo Nguyen Giap State funeral for General Vo Nguyen Giap

Monday, October 14, 2013 – 16:24:14

(VOVworld) – Vietnam’s Permanent Representative Mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and other international organizations held a memorial service and placed a funeral book for General Vo Nguyen Giap at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday. Guests lit incense and wrote in the mourning book to pay their respects to General Giap. Deputy Head of the Mission Pham Quoc Tru bid farewell to the General, praying him to rest in peace and bless Vietnam with peace and prosperity. Former Swiss President Pascal Couchepin praised General Giap as an eminent military strategist and hero of Vietnam and the world in the 20th century and also as a simple, friendly, talented person.

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Pham Quoc Tru, Deputy Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Representative Mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and other international organizations, writes in the mourning book. (Photo: VNA)

Messages from the Communist Party of Chile, the Socialist Party of Chile, the Chile-Vietnam Cultural Institute, the Chile-Palestine Solidarity Committee, and several Chilean friends were sent to Vietnam’s Embassy in Chile, expressing their condolences to General Giap’s family and the Vietnamese Party, State, and people. Messages of condolences acknowledged General Giap’s great contributions to Vietnam’s liberation wars in the past and Vietnam’s current national construction and defense. The Vietnamese Consulate General in San Francisco, US, set up an altar and invited guests to pay their tributes to General Vo Nguyen Giap.

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Chile Ha Thi Ngoc Ha offers incense to General Giap.
(Photo: baotintuc.vn)
Ceremonies were held at Vietnam’s embassies in the US, Laos, the Republic of Korea, Algeria, Thailand, Israel, Egypt, and Indonesia.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela erected an altar to worship General Vo Nguyen Giap. Overseas Vietnamese and international friends there paid tribute to General Giap. In the mourning books, they expressed their admiration and praise for the General’s contributions to the Vietnamese revolution and revolutionary movements throughout the world.

In Cairo, nearly 20 delegations came to the Vietnamese Embassy to pay tribute to General Vo Nguyen Giap. They included representatives of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and Ambassadors from Russia, China, South Africa, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines. In the book of mourning, the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kirpichenko wrote: “ General Vo Nguyen Giap was not only an outstanding hero of Vietnam but also an outstanding symbol of bravery, nobility and sacrifice for the world”. The Chinese Ambassador in Egypt expressed his belief that “the General would always be in the hearts of everyone”. The Cuban Charge De Affairs in Egypt said General Giap would always be in Cuban people’s hearts.

The German Communist Party (DKP) sent condolences. The Party’s President Patrik Kobele and External Secretary Gunter Pohl stressed General Vo Nguyen Giap was a talented military strategist, who devoted his life to the Vietnamese people and would always be in the hearts of oppressed nations.



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