In his first public engagement in a month, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony drove down to the Vietnamese Embassy here in the capital today and paid homage on behalf of the nation to Gen Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant commander who brought victory for Vietnam in many wars. Gen Giap passed away in Hanoi on 04 October at the age of 102.
The Indian defence delegation members led by Shri Antony were the last foreign visitors who were received by Gen Giap and his wife at their modest residence in Hanoi on 17 December 2007.
Offering the deepest condolences on behalf of Government of India, Shri Antony said India shares the grief of the people of Vietnam on the passing of one of their most respected national heroes. He said Gen Giap’s leadership of Vietnam’s national liberation had evoked the admiration of the Indian people. ‘He shall remain an inspiration to people all over the world’, Shri Antony said.