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More global heads pay tribute to former leader

China Daily | Updated: 2022-12-05 01:23
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Jiang Zemin inspects the troops at the National Day parade in Beijing's Tian'anmen Square on Oct 1, 1999. XINHUA NEWS AGENCY

More leaders of countries and international organizations have expressed their deep condolences by phone, letter and other means to President Xi Jinping over the passing of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.

Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Communist Party of China and the country, who made distinguished contributions to the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, said General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

They said that under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, with Comrade Xi at its core, the Chinese people will make new and greater achievements in building socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Recognizing Jiang as an outstanding leader and visionary statesman, Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari said the late Chinese leader played an important role in enhancing China's international status.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud expressed their deep condolences over the passing of Jiang, and extended sincere sympathies to the bereaved family and the Chinese people.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog said that the Israeli people will never forget Jiang's important contribution to promoting the development of Israel-China ties.

Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan said that Jiang had laid a good foundation for today's friendly and cooperative relations between Africa and China.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said the late leader was full of foresight and wisdom, and had made great contributions to China's rapid economic growth and the remarkable improvement of its international status in previous decades.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Jiang made a profound impact on China during his tenure, and his name will always be associated with China's economic takeoff and accession to the World Trade Organization. He added that Jiang's great efforts to promote the development of Germany-China relations will never be forgotten.

Jiang's contribution to China's development and reform and opening-up will always be remembered, said Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn said Jiang was not only a world-renowned Chinese leader, but also a "family member" who the Thai people respected. Jiang's visit to Thailand in 1999 greatly promoted Thailand-China relations, the Thai king said.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco-called Jiang a great statesman who contributed to China's development and progress, making China an influential player on the global stage.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the economic achievements under Jiang's leadership have had a far-reaching impact and will always be remembered by people around the world.

Kenyan President William Ruto said that as an outstanding statesman, Jiang devoted himself to strengthening the foundation of economic prosperity and safeguarding world peace.

Senegalese President Macky Sall said that in deep remembrance of Jiang, he would like to pay tribute to the glorious cause that Jiang had created. He also extended deep condolences to the friendly Chinese people.

Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh said that Jiang's down-to-earth character, innovative spirit, outstanding talents and great foresight will always be remembered by the whole world.

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, which became the first developing country to establish a strategic partnership with China during Jiang's tenure, extended his deepest condolences to the Chinese government and people.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the friendly relations between Bangladesh and China were greatly strengthened during the tenure of Jiang.

Jiang was an outstanding Chinese leader, said Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, adding that the government and the people of the Solomon Islands joined the Chinese people in mourning the passing of such a great leader.

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