Embassy works to ensure safety for Vietnamese in Mexico

Thursday, 2017-09-21 21:52:19
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Collapsed houses in Mexico after the earthquake. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Embassy of Vietnam in Mexico is making an all-out effort to maintain contacts with and provide needed citizen protection measures for the Vietnamese living and working in Mexico, which has severely hit by a powerful earthquake, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said.

At the ministry’s regular press conference on September 21, Hang extended the deepest condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of Mexico and families of the victims in the quake.

She said on September 20, State President Tran Dai Quang sent condolences to Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended condolences to Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso.

The Embassy of Vietnam in Mexico reported that no Vietnamese were injured in the earthquake and the embassy has promptly provided temporary shelters for some of those whose accommodations were damaged by the disaster.

The Embassy promptly launched a 24/24 hotline so it can offer timely assistance for those in need, the diplomat said.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on September 19, claiming the lives of 217 people, according to foreign media on late September 20.

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson also updated the situation of Vietnamese citizen Nguyen Quoc Phi who recently died in Chinese Taipei.

Hang said that the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department held a working session with the Vietnamese Economic-Cultural Office in Taipei on September 8 and asked the host to soon investigate and make clear the case, adding that the office issued an urgent visa to the family of the victim in order to handle funeral observances.

The office worked closely with local authorities and requested that the case must be seriously dealt with. It is also keeping a close watch on the case and ready to provide necessary citizen protection measures, including legitimate rights and interests of the Vietnamese national.

She also answered the settlement of recent wrongdoings and corruption cases during the ministry’s regular press conference, stating that the Vietnamese Party, State and government determinedly advocate the fighting and dealing with wrongdoings and corruption cases.

Strict punishments will be given to those who violate the law in conformity with the country’s standards, the spokesperson stressed.

Hang stated that that stance has repeatedly been mentioned by Vietnamese leaders and published by the press many times.