|Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam welcomes any constructive contribution by countries within and outside the region on maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh told a regular press conference in Ha Noi yesterday.
Binh said the current situation in the East Sea was causing deep concern among the international community and did not help the maintenance of peace and stability in the region as well as in the East Sea.
His statement was in response to a recent declaration by the G7 that protests China's land reclamation in the East Sea. The declaration opposed any act of threat, coercion, use of force or unilateral move to change the status quo on a large scale.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson later described the declaration as being far short of the facts, saying China's actions fell within its sovereignty.
Asked about Viet Nam's position about a Chinese oil and gas exploration ship that sailed through Viet Nam's territorial waters on June 6 and to areas where Viet Nam's oil drilling rigs are operating, Binh said Vietnamese law enforcement units had closely monitored its movement.
He said that following "necessary measures", the ship sailed out of Viet Nam's waters on June 8.
No MERS in Viet Nam
Also at yesterday press conference, Binh said that Viet Nam had not recorded any cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Binh said that the MERS-CoV outbreak had been worrying the international community. He added that Vietnamese authorities were putting measures in place to fight the epidemic at border areas, including designing plans and issuing detailed MERS prevention and control guidelines.
The Ministry of Public Health also urged citizens to protect themselves from the deadly virus, he said.
For Vietnamese planning to travel to or living in affected areas, including South Korea, Binh said the Foreign Ministry and Vietnamese agencies abroad had issued travel warnings.
Together with South Korea, the Vietnamese were closely watching the situation and were ready to take necessary steps in case of emergency, he said. — VNS