Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh paid tribute to the victims of a recent ferry disaster in the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the country’s embassy in Hanoi on May 16.

Minh, who is also the Foreign Minister, sent his deep condolences to the bereaved families and expressed his hope that the RoK people and the families will soon regain stability in their lives.

In response, Ambassador Jun Dae Ju thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their support to the RoK and the bereaved families.

On April 16, a five-storey ferry, named Sewol, capsized when carrying 476 crew and passengers, mainly high school students, to the popular holiday destination of Jeju Island. The incident has left many people dead and missing.

Minh and the ambassador also discussed other important regional and global issues. The Deputy PM said that the Vietnamese people have recently protested China’s illegal placement of an oil rig in Vietnam’s waters. However, some extremists took advantage of the situation to cause disturbances and damage property of some enterprises, including those of RoK investors.

He stressed that the Vietnamese Government has been taking strict measures to prevent and severely punish the violations, adding that Vietnam is exerting every effort to facilitate and ensure the safety for foreign individuals and businesses operating in the country.-VNA