Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, wrote in the condolence book for Jiang Zemin at China's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York on Monday. WANG YING XINHUA Senior officials of the United Nations and representatives of more than 80 countries visited the Permanent Mission to the UN on Monday to express their condolences on the passing of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.
On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of the former President of the People's Republic of China, Jiang Zemin. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in the book of condolences.
Jiang Zemin was a steadfast advocate for international engagement and multilateral cooperation, he wrote.
Guterres wrote that he will always remember Jiang's excellent cooperation in order to ensure the smooth transition of the handover of Macao to China when he served as the prime minister of Portugal.
Guterres wrote that I convey my deepest respect and admiration for his leadership and dedication.
In the condolence book, Csaba Korosi, president of the UN General AssemblyUN General Assembly, said that Jiang Zemin's government and people were a good supporter of international engagement and that Jiang's unremitting efforts led to China's domestic success as well as prominence within the UN.
Richard Mills, deputy permanent representative of the United States to the UN, Barbara Woodward, permanent representative of the UK to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, permanent representative of France to the UN, and representatives of Japan, Norway, Switzerland and other countries also visited the mission to express their condolences.