ministry continues hunt for hostages in Somalia
HA NOI — The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MOFA) was continuing efforts to secure the release of
Vietnamese crewmen aboard two Korean fishing vessels hijacked off the coast of
Somalia last week, said the ministry’s spokesman Le Dung yesterday.
The ministry met with
representatives from the South Korean Embassy in Ha Noi and expressed concern
over the three kidnapped Vietnamese sailors, said Dung.
"The ministry has
asked the South Korean Government to take measures soon to address the issue to
release the hostages," he said.
According to the South
Korean embassy, all crew members from the ships were safe and in good health. An
embassy official said Korean authorities have managed to contact the ships.
Four Koreans, 10 Chinese,
four Indonesians and three Indians were also among the crews of the vessels,
which had left Mombassa in Kenya for Yemen.
"MOFA has also
suggested South Korean authorities take effective measures to warn and prevent
their fishing vessels from going to Somali waters where the number of pirate
attacks against foreign fishing vessels are on the rise recently," said
Dung. — VNS