HANOI, July 20. /TASS/. Vietnam’s National Defense Ministry has refuted Monday media reports that the ministry’s head General Phung Quang Thanh died in France.
"The minister’s health is alright. He will return home soon," Deputy Lieutenant General of the General Staff of Vietnam’s People’s Army Vo Van Tuan said noting that he spoke with Phung Quang Thanh on the phone on Sunday.
Vietnam’s national defense minister has been undergoing treatment for lung problems in France since the end of June. The Central Commission of Health Care fir Senior Officials reported earlier that Phung Quang Thanh underwent a surgery and is recovering.