The Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei is working closely with its host country’s competent agencies to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of the detained Vietnamese fishermen are respected, Spokesman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh said.

The remark was made during the ministry’s regular press conference held on May 28 in response to reporters’ questions about the 33 Vietnamese fishermen detained and scheduled to appear in court in Brunei.

After receiving word from Brunei about the detention of fishing vessel QNg 95924TS from central Quang Ngai province with 33 people on board, the Vietnamese Embassy immediately tasked staff members with verifying the information and taking the necessary protection measures, Binh said.

He added that the embassy found the fishermen’s health conditions to be stable and that their relatives have been notified.-VNA