Vietnam embassy to operate back soon, says foreign ministry

Vietnam’s embassy staff in Libya will resume normal operation when the situation calms down, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a press briefing Thursday.

The spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said Vietnam’s ambassador and the staff in the Libya’s capital Tripoli have left the country temporarily with the help of international organizations and those in Libya.

During Libya rebels last month with the remnants of Gaddafi’s forces, food, water and other supplies were running short across Tripoli while Vietnam’s embassy in the capital city was robbed by a group of armed bandits.

Several embassies of other countries in Tripoli have also been attacked.

The briefing also raised concerns about Vietnam’s government not making necessary efforts to build a harmony with overseas Vietnamese who once supported the US-backed government in southern Vietnam.

But Nga said that the communities of Vietnamese overseas are a strong force closely attached to the country.

Any Vietnamese person, regardless of ethnic, religion, social status, family origin, or reasons for going abroad, wants to contribute to the country’s common target of independence, unification, prosperity, democracy and social fairness, she said.

The spokesperson said all Vietnamese people are joined in the country’s solidarity mass.

Vietnam over the past several years has issued different policies to encourage and create opportunities for overseas Vietnamese to contribute to the country, such as no visa requirement, simple regulations for investments, immigration and housing in Vietnam.

The policies are benefited by all Vietnamese people overseas, no matter if they have supported the South Vietnam government in the past.

By V.Nghia – Translated by Cao Minh

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