A fishing boat of Vietnam (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s representative offices in Cambodia and Indonesia have worked to protect the legitimate rights of Vietnamese nationals living and working there, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said on August 4.

Fielding questions regarding many Vietnamese in Cambodia facing deportation at the ministry’s regular press conference, Binh said Vietnamese agencies had worked closely with their Cambodian partners to handle issues facing Vietnamese nationals living in Cambodia.

“We expect that Cambodian authorised agencies and local authorities pay attention, create all possible favourable conditions, and work to ensure Vietnamese in Cambodia enjoy their legitimate rights and benefits and lead a stable life there,” he said.

On Indonesia’s announcement on sinking a number of fishing boats, including some reportedly being Vietnamese boats, for illegal fishing, the spokesperson said the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia is working with the host country’s concerned agencies to verify the information and if so, it will take appropriate intervention measures.

In previous incidents relating to the arrest of Vietnamese fishermen and their boats, Vietnamese representative offices have always asked the Indonesian side to take on the humanitarian treatment of the violators, Binh said.-VNA