Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt conducts citizen protection hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Tran Thanh Cong visits and conforts victims of the December 28 roadside bomb blast at the hospital (Photo: VNA)

Cairo (VNA) - The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt has visited wounded Vietnamese tourists in a roadside bomb blast in the country and worked with local authorities to ask for measures to support treatment for the injured and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ safe return.

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian were killed in Egypt when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus near the world-famous Giza pyramids at 18:15 of December 28 (local time).

There were 18 people on the bus at that time, including 15 Vietnamese tourists and three Egyptians, said the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt.

Of the 12 Vietnamese injuries, 10 are seriously injured and being treated in hospital, while two others with minor injuries were brought to the Embassy for care.

Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Thanh Cong immediately visited the wounded victims at Al Haram hospital as well as the scene of the explosion.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli also visited the victims at the hospital.

Ambassador Cong worked with Egyptian health and tourism ministers, asking them to take measures to support treatment for the victims and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ return soon.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam contacted the Egyptian Embassy in Vietnam, proposing granting emergency visas to relatives of the victims, in order to help them to come Egypt soon to coordinate with related parties to solve interests of the victims.

The Ministry also instructed the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt to continue keeping close watch on the situation and work closely with local authorised agencies to ensure legitimate rights of Vietnamese citizens.

In case of emergency, Vietnamese citizens can seek help from the embassy through the hotlines 20 106 039 6518 or the citizen protection hotline 84 981 8484 84 or the hotline of the Consular Department 096 5411 118. - VNA