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Vietnam suspends sending workers to Middle East

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 10, 2020
Vietnam announced yesterday that it has stopped sending contracted workers to the Middle East in view of the escalating tensions in the region, and is considering evacuating those already there.
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The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and in particular its Department of Overseas Labor, which is responsible for these issues, reported that it is preparing plans to transport Vietnamese employees based in the countries involved in the conflict to places of safety and bring them back to Vietnam should the circumstances warrant.

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The Department sent messages to national companies involved in the issue and to foreign contractors asking them to ensure the safety of contracted workers and to facilitate their eventual evacuation. It also asked them to set up a hotline to be regularly informed of the events.

According to the Department, there are about 10,000 Vietnamese workers in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Vietnamese diplomatic representatives in the region are ready to take measures to protect their citizens if necessary. She noted the country was 'concerned' about the situation in the Middle East.

'We call on all relevant parties to act with restraint, not to use force or escalate tensions, to protect civilians and to resolve disagreements through dialogue and peaceful measures, based on respect for international law for the sake of peace and stability in the region and the world,' she said.