Vietnam calls on Malaysia, Philippines to treat detained fishermen humanely

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:59:00  |  Print  |  Email   Share:

Fishing boats at Nhat Le Port in the central Quang Binh Province, April 2021.
Photo by VnExpress/Minh Nga.

Newly-elected Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son requested Malaysia and the Philippines to continue treating detained Vietnamese fishermen in a humane way.

During his phone call with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Filipino counterpart Teodoro Locsin on Wednesday, Son suggested the two countries handle these cases "in a cooperative and friendly way," as reported by the government portal.

In recent years, a number of Vietnamese fishing vessels have been caught trespassing in neighboring waters, with hundreds of fishermen arrested for illegal fishing in neighboring countries, including Malaysia and the Philippines.

Despite its 3,260 kilometer (2,025 miles) coastline, Vietnam is running out of near-shore seafood resources, forcing fishermen to encroach on foreign waters.

Son thanked the governments of both countries for facilitating repatriation flights for Vietnamese citizens amid the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as cooperation in accessing safe Covid-19 vaccines.

Last year, 75,000 Vietnamese stuck abroad were brought home on repatriation flights operated by domestic carriers.

By: Hoang Phong/VnExpress



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