Citizen protection prioritised in Vietnam’s external policy: Spokesperson hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Hoang Anh Tuan (red shirt) visits fishermen on Natuna island (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Citizen protection is a priority in Vietnam's external policy in particular as well as in the policies of the country’s Party and State in general, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

She made the statement at a regular press conference of the Foreign Ministry on March 25 in reply to reporters' questions concerning measures to protect overseas Vietnamese in the context of discrimination against Asians in the US and some other countries.

“Representative agencies of Vietnam overseas and domestic authorities maintain close coordination to carry out citizen protection measures to ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens abroad,” she stressed.

According to the spokesperson, the Vietnamese Government and related ministries and sectors have regularly requested other nations’ governments and competent agencies to ensure the safety of and create conditions for overseas Vietnamese to live, work, and study so that they could make practical contributions to socio-economic development in the host countries and to the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and countries worldwide.

Regarding reports on Indonesia’s recent detainment of two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crewmembers from the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Hang said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received information on the case from competent agencies.

On March 18, the ships, coded BV4419TS and BL9333TS with 20 and 12 people onboard, respectively, were captured by Indonesian competent agencies while fishing in the area at the Vietnam – Indonesia boundary line at sea. Vietnamese maritime forces have requested the Indonesian side to release the fishermen and their vessels.

Hang said right after receiving the report, the ministry directed the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia to contact local competent agencies asking for verification and information related to the case. The embassy has also been directed to conduct citizen protection measures if necessary./.