The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Vietnamese representative agencies in Libya and other regional countries to ensure the optimum safety for the Vietnamese citizens there.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh told reporters at a regular press conference in Hanoi on July 31, emphasising that the agencies have devised proper, necessary protection plans.

He said some 1,550 Vietnamese are working in Libya , mostly in non-violence areas.

The Foreign Ministry had earlier directed Vietnamese representative offices to keep a close watch and coordinate with local relevant agencies to support and protect the Vietnamese citizens.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Libya has regularly kept in touch with the citizens to update them with the fresh developments and provide swift support.

The embassy has also set up two hotlines - +00218 926 903 041 and +00218 923 654 587 – which are available round the clock for the Vietnamese citizens in Libya . The Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry also opened its direct hotline: 0084 918370497 to assist them in case of emergency.-VNA