Spokesperson details protection of overseas Vietnamese citizens hinh anh 1Anti-terrorism police are mobilised to the scene of a recent bus station bombing in Jakarta (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Measures to protect Vietnamese citizens involved in several incidents in other countries were clarified by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang at a regular press conference in Hanoi on May 25.

In response to reporters’ question about a Vietnamese fishing boat detained by Indonesia’s fisheries resources surveillance ship, the spokeswoman said Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has provided official information about this incident.

The two sides are coordinating to resolve the issue in the spirit of friendship and on the basis of the countries’ strategic partnership, she noted.

Regarding the situation of Vietnamese people following the fresh terror attacks in Jakarta (Indonesia), Marawi (the Philippines) and Manchester (the UK), she quoted Vietnam’s representative agencies there as saying that there hasn’t been any new information about Vietnamese in the incidents.

As an agency in charge of overseas citizen protection, the Foreign Ministry has continually ordered its representative agencies in those areas to update the situation and report to the ministry, Hang said, adding that they are ready to launch protection measures when Vietnamese citizens encounter difficulties.

Regarding the case of Doan Thi Huong, a suspect in the death of a Democratic People’s Republic of Korean citizen in Malaysia in February 2017, Hang said representatives of the Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers paid consular visits to Huong on May 18 and 24 to give her spiritual support and seek strong arguments to defend her in the May 30 trial. Huong said she was in good health with stable spirit.

The Foreign Ministry is continuing close coordination with domestic authorised agencies, the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia and lawyers to protect Huong’s interests in the upcoming trial, the spokesperson noted.-VNA