|Le Hai Binh, spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam is taking measures to support Vietnamese workers in Libya as violence in the country continues, Le Hai Binh, spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
Currently there are about 1,550 Vietnamese workers in Libya; according to Binh, they are "mostly" in areas where fighting has not occurred.
Binh said the Vietnamese Embassy in Libya was working with relevant authorities and the companies that send workers to Libya to ensure the workers' safety and possibly remove the small number of workers still in the fighting zone.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry was in close co-ordination with the Labour Ministry and other Vietnamese agencies in Libya to monitor the situation.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Libya and the Consulate Department of Foreign Affairs have set up hotlines to support the workers.
They are +00218 926 903 041 and +00218 923 654 587.
The Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry has also opened a direct hotline number, 0084 918370497, to assist them in case of any emergency.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Libya has been asked to inform its citizens living there about the developments in the country, warn them about avoiding areas affected by unrest and to stay in touch with the embassy for urgent assistance.
In regards to China's holding live-fire drills in the Gulf of Tonkin, Binh said all sides should not complicate the situation in the East Sea and all actions must respect international law and must not affect maritime security, aviation and regional security.
Binh also said Viet Nam would participate in the proliferation security initiative exercise Fortune Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii from August 4-8 as an observer at the invitation of the US Defense Ministry. — VNS