Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh underlined Vietnam’s consistent policy of promoting women’s rights while fielding a question regarding the US State Department’s honouring of a Vietnamese blogger.

At the ministry’s regular press conference on March 30, reporters asked about Vietnam’s response to the US State Department’s selection of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (blog nickname Me Nam) for the International Women of Courage Award.

“Vietnam’s consistent policy is always protecting and promoting people’s fundamental rights, including women’s rights,” Binh said, adding that the country’s efforts and achievements in ensuring and improving human rights have been recognised and highly valued by the international community.

The US State Department’s presentation of an award to a person who is currently held in custody to serve investigation into law violations is an action that is neither objective nor suitable and does not benefit the development of the two countries’ relations, he stressed.-VNA