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Viet Nam denounces attacks on civilians in Paris: spokesman

Update: November, 14/2015 - 21:02
A series of attacks in Paris on November 13 killed at least 120 people. — AFP/VNA Photo

HA NOI (VNS) – President Truong Tan Sang has sent a message of condolences to his French counterpart Francois Hollande over the heavy casualties caused by bloody attacks on civilians in Paris on November 13. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also extended condolences to his French counterpart Manuel Valls today.

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also offered deepest sympathies to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on the losses.

Viet Nam vehemently condemns bloody attacks on civilians in France's Paris on November 13 that have caused heavy casualties, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said today.

"Vietnam is shocked and strongly condemns the bloody attacks aiming at civilians on November 13 that have killed and wounded many people," Binh said today in reply to reporters' queries on Viet Nam's response to the attacks. 

Viet Nam shares the great losses that the French Government, people and families of the victims are suffering, he noted, adding that "we believe with efforts made by the French Government and people, culprits will be punished justly". 

Regarding the situation of Vietnamese citizens in Paris, the spokesman said shortly after being notified about the incidents, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh ordered the Vietnamese Embassy in France to immediately liaise with local relevant agencies to learn about the situation of Vietnamese people at the sites of the attacks. 

The Deputy PM requested that in case there are Vietnamese victims, the Embassy must coordinate with French authorised agencies to provide support for and protect the citizens, Binh added. 

Today morning, the Vietnamese Embassy in France cited the French foreign ministry's crisis centre as saying that there hadn't been details about the nationalities of the dead and injured. It is closely following related developments to swiftly take measures ensuring the protection of citizens in case there are victims confirmed as Vietnamese nationals. 

The Embassy set up two hotlines for receiving information about possible Vietnamese victims: 00.33.67.7622624 and 00.33.66.3541759. 

Related information can also be notified via another two hotlines of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry's Consular Department: 084.4.62844844 and +84981848484.—VNS


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