|Viet Nam's helicopter AN26 on the way to search for the missing airplane of Malaysia. — Photo nld.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made an urgent phone call on March 8 to Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Hj Aman, affirming that Viet Nam is doing all it can to search for the missing airplane.
Deputy PM Minh said the Vietnamese government and people share the deep concern of the governments and people of Malaysia and other related countries, as well as the families of passengers on the missing flight.
He said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung himself is paying special attention to the case and has instructed relevant agencies to work closely with Malaysia in updating information about the plane while deploying all forces and means at hand for the search and rescue work.
Minister Aman expressed sincere thanks from the Malaysian government and people for Viet Nam for its timely assistance.
Viet Nam continues search
Viet Nam has deployed a total of two planes and seven ships to search for the Malaysian passenger jet which went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early March 8.
The National Committee for Search and Rescue said another five planes and four ships are on standby for search activities.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said in Kuala Lumpur on March 8 that a total of 15 planes and six vessels have been deployed to search for the passenger jet, w hich carried 239 people on board.
"We have not found any debris," PM Najib said at a press briefing late on March 8. — VNA/VNS