Actively take measures to protect Vietnamese citizens abroad

Over the past years, citizen protection work has always been carried out under the motto "Active, timely, quick and effective protection".

Over the past few days, the Vietnamese Consulates General in Hong Kong and Macau have closely followed developments, the situation here and actively took measures to protect Vietnamese citizens.

The Vietnamese Consulate General has set up a hotline, kept in close contact with student and provided support on demand for 40 Vietnamese students in Hong Kong and helped them return home safely.  There are still 10 Vietnamese students and some lecturers staying in safe areas.

Regarding the fire incident on a fishing boat on the west coast of Jeju Island, South Korea on November 19, immediately after receiving the information about the incident, the Vietnamese Embassy in Korea contacted, worked with the local coast guard and was informed: On the morning of November 19, a fire broke out on the Dae Seong fishing boat and 12 members on board including 6 Vietnamese and 6 South Koreans went missing. Currently, the South Korean Coast Guard is conducting a search and rescue operation and said that up to noon on November 19, one crew member was found.

Actively take measures to protect Vietnamese citizens abroad

A fire broke out on the Dae Seong and 12 crew members including 6 Vietnamese and 6 South Koreans went missing.

The Embassy also contacted representatives of labor dispatching businesses in South Korea to update the situation and inform workers' families.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs instructed the Vietnamese Embassy in South Korea to continue working closely with relevant Korean agencies to update information and propose the Korean side to actively conduct search and rescue activities. , rescue and ready to take necessary measures to protect citizens.

Earlier, at the October regular government meeting, on the afternoon of November 5, referring to the case of 39 deaths in a truck in Essex County, England, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed ministries and agencies. , the locality "tries its best" in the protection of citizens.

Immediately, the protection of citizens in the UK is currently one of the top priorities of the Department of Foreign Affairs. With the spirit of working urgently, combining closely the parties, the first steps have been implemented and brought about certain results.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An has been in a telephone conversation with the British Interior Minister since the evening of October 25, the representative of the Vietnamese Embassy also had a meeting with the representative of the British Crime Prevention Agency. and the Essex County police investigating the incident. Accordingly, the Embassy of Vietnam and the UK authorities agreed to coordinate closely, share information during the investigation and identify the victims.

Actively take measures to protect Vietnamese citizens abroad

At the October meeting of the Government, held on the afternoon of November 5, members considered the case of 39 deaths in a truck in Essex County, England. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed the ministries, branches and localities to do their best in the citizen protection work.

In addition, Ambassador Tran Ngoc An and a number of embassy officials went to the scene of the 39 deaths in the UK, continuing to work with local authorities and Essex County police. The embassy has established a communication channel and cooperated directly with the Essex County Police, which is presiding over the investigation.

Talking to the press in the National Assembly corridor on the morning of October 29, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh informed that the citizen protection switchboard received information from 14 families requesting support for verification. , looking for missing relatives in the UK. The Consular Department has directly contacted and instructed families on the information to provide to speed up the verification, and suggested the families to coordinate and provide updated information on relatives (if any). in the UK to promptly handle.

Regarding the records of the first four cases of the British police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs leaders analyzed, now they also have to check and control. Deputy Prime Minister emphasized: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet had any specific access to these documents, but it is known that all the biometric information of the victims died in a container for the Vietnamese side to conduct. mat. This is a scientific issue, which needs to be implemented carefully and in accordance with regulations ”. Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed his view that information should be carefully cautious about the contents at this time, to avoid causing confusion for people.

To quickly deal with all possible possibilities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed a specific scenario for the case, that is, if the victim is a Vietnamese citizen,

In order to quickly cope with all possibilities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed a specific scenario for the cases, that is, if the victim is a Vietnamese citizen, it will need to take steps. how. However, at present, it is necessary to wait for accurate results, then continue to build concrete negotiation and working steps.

Undeniably, this is really a great effort of Vietnam so that the protection of citizens will continue to be a "strong fulcrum" for Vietnamese citizens abroad.

Hoang Anh