Vietnam concerned about Indonesia’s sinking of fishing boats hinh anh 1Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam is seriously concerned about Indonesian authorised forces’ sinking of several Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said on August 20.

He made the statement in response to reporters’ questions regarding Indonesia’s sinking of foreign fishing ships, including Vietnamese boats, violating the country’s sea boundaries.

He added that the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note on this issue to Indonesia on August 20 and asked the country to handle Vietnamese fishermen who have violated Indonesia’s territorial waters in line with the strategic partnership between the two countries, both of which are ASEAN members, and in a humane fashion.

Vietnam has continually reminded and guided its fishermen to strictly adhere to other countries’ regulations and not infringe upon foreign waters, he stressed.-VNA