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Farewell ceremonies to General Giap held abroad

Farewell ceremonies to General Giap held abroad

Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT+7

Vietnamese embassies worldwide on Saturday organized memorial services for General Vo Nguyen Giap following the same event taking place at many locations at home.

The services held aboard were also joined by local state officials in memory of the late great General who passed away in Hanoi on October 4.

In Algeria, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika attended the service hosted in the Algerian capital city of Algiers.

“Bouteflika, in his notes, expressed his deep condolences to the family of the General and the Vietnamese Government and people, saying the deceased has left an unfading imprint in the minds of the Algerian people,” according to the Vietnam News Agency.

A Korean professor, Dr. Lee Keun-yeop, who used to teach education philosophy at Yonsei University in Seoul, also expressed his admire for the late general.

Prof. Lee, 82, former director of the Korea Center for Social Sciences and Humanities on Vietnam and an Eastern Europe and Balkan analyst, have spent many years studying Vietnam and General Giap in particular.

“The General’s image not only in the hearts of not only the Vietnamese but also the Asian people,” VNA quoted him as saying.

“With the examples like President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, I believe that the Vietnamese people will do their utmost to build and defend their beloved nation,” he added.

General Secretary of the Labour Party (PT) Alberto Anaya Gutierrez, representatives of the Mexican Communist Party, the Mexican Party of Democratic Revolution also bid farewell to the General at a service in Mexico. The Mexican, Cuban, Brazilian, Indian, Malaysian and Filipino embassies bid farewell to the General, VNA reported.

Mr. Gutierrez described the late General as a modest and open man when recalling his meeting with General Giap in Hanoi 11 years ago.

“We admire him for his wisdom, bravery, military talent and loyalty to the Party, especially his sacrifice to national liberation,” he told VNA.

The service for the public to pay their respect to General Vo Nguyen Giap was laso extended to 6:00 am of Sunday (October 13), instead of ending at 9:00 pm of Saturday (October 12) as previously scheduled.

In an announcement on October 12 afternoon, the State Organizing Committee of the funeral for the General further said “the extension was made to meet the aspiration of tens of thousands of mourners thronging the streets around the National Funeral Hall where the deceased lay in state,” according to VNA.

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