|Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli armed forces following the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. — THX/VNA Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam keeps a close watch on and is concerned about the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip over past days, leaving many Palestinians dead and injured, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng said.
Hằng made the statement in Hà Nội on May 15 while answering reporters’ questions regarding Việt Nam’s response to increasing conflicts in the Gaza Strip between Israeli security forces and Palestinian people.
“Việt Nam calls on the concerned parties to exercise restraint, handle conflicts through peaceful measures and create favourable conditions for negotiations as well as international efforts to reach comprehensive, equitable and sustainable solutions, ensuring legitimate interests of the parties, and regional peace and stability,” the spokesperson said.
On May 14, Việt Nam’s foreign ministry also denied having sent any representative to the opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem, contrary to reports by some media outlets.
Việt Nam has always been consistent in its support for the two-state solution in the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict.
Earlier, at the open debate of the UN Security Council on April 26, Ambassador Nguyễn Phương Nga, head of Việt Nam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, also expressed Việt Nam’s concerns over the current Middle East situation and called on the UN Security Council to uphold its important role in encouraging the resumption of peace talks between concerned parties.
She stressed the need for all parties to respect international humanitarian law, stop any act of hostility, incitement and violence, to ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance. — VNS