During the ministry's press meeting, Hang expressed Vietnam's firm condemnation of the violent acts directed towards civilians, humanitarian workers, journalists, and vital infrastructure facilities. This statement was made in response to a reporter's inquiry regarding the growing tension in the Israel-Hamas conflict zone.
We urge the parties involved to promptly observe a ceasefire, comply with international law and humanitarian principles, safeguard the well-being of civilians and essential infrastructure, establish a humanitarian passage, and promptly release any hostages held captive, as outlined in the United Nations General Assembly's resolution from the emergency special session on October 27.
She added that Vietnam is open to and fully supports the international community's endeavors to encourage parties involved in the Middle East peace process to exercise self-restraint, engage in dialogue, and peacefully resolve their differences. These efforts should be based on international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations, ultimately aiming to achieve a fair, suitable, and sustainable solution for lasting peace in the region.
Since Israel initiated airstrikes on October 7th in response to Hamas' attacks, an estimated 12,000 individuals have tragically lost their lives. It is important to note that no reports of Vietnamese casualties have surfaced thus far.