Writing on the book of condolences after paying tribute to the Vietnamese leader at the Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore, Lee affirmed that "President Quang dedicated his life to serving his beloved country, improving the lives of Vietnamese and raising Vietnam's standing in the world."
“He supported closer cooperation between our countries and will be remembered as a good friend of Singapore. Our thoughts are with the people of Vietnam in their sorrow," Lee wrote.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, State and people and the family of President Tran Dai Quang, Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Tao Thi Thanh Huong thanked PM Lee Hsien Loong and Singaporean people for their sympathy.
She confirmed that the bilateral strategic cooperation has received special attention and been nurtured by President Tran Dai Quang and other Vietnamese Party and Government leaders.
The Singaporean PM recalled his meetings with President Quang, most recently at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi from September 11-13.
He said he was impressed by the working style of the President who was devoted to the nation.
He showed his hope that the Vietnamese Government and people will overcome the great loss to continue boosting the bilateral relationship which is developing intensively and extensively in all fields.
On the same day, foreign ambassadors, representatives of the diplomatic missions, foreign friends and Vietnamese people living in Singapore also paid tribute to President Tran Dai Quang at the Vietnamese Embassy.
The Vietnamese embassy has the funeral book opened on September 26 and 27.
President Tran Dai Quang passed away at 10:05am on September 21 in Hanoi at the age of 62 due to serious illness.
The respect-paying ceremony started at 7am on September 26 at the National Funeral Hall at No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi.
The memorial service will be held at 7:30am on September 27 at the National Funeral Hall. The burial ceremony will take place from 3:30pm on the same day in the President’s home village in Quang Thien commune, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province.–VNA