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Remarks by MOFA Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on the terror attack in August 17 afternoon in the city of Barcelona, Spain

President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 18 sent their messages of condolences to King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain after the terror attack that happened in the afternoon of August 17, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on the same day extended his sympathy to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Alfonso Dartis.

On August 18, 2017, regarding the attack, MOFA Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said:

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the State, the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Spain and families of the victims in the August 17, 2017 terrorist attack.

Viet Nam strongly condemns acts of terror in any form. We believe these acts must be severely punished in accordance with the law"

In response to the media’s question on whether there was any Vietnamese victims in the terror attacks, MOFA spokesperson said:

As soon as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh became aware of the attacks in Barcelona, he instructed the Embassy of Viet Nam in Spain to immediately work with the local authorities to verify information to provide protection measures for Vietnamese nationals in need of help.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Spain said that as of August 18 the local authorities have had no report of any Vietnamese victim in the attack. The Embassy has been closely following the situation to timely put in place citizen protection measures in case there were any Vietnamese victims in the attacks.

The Embassy of Viet Nam in Spain opens a telephone hotline at (0034)633185582 along side with the citizen protection hotline in Vietnam at (0084)981848484 to receive any relevant information.”./.

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