Vietnam is seriously concerned about Indonesian authorities’ sinking of several Vietnamese vessels that had been found fishing illegally in Indonesian waters, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note on this issue to Indonesia earlier the same day, spokesman Le Hai Binh said at a press conference in Hanoi.
Indonesia sank 34 foreign vessels, including those from Vietnam, on Tuesday to deter vessels from illegally fishing, local media outlets reported.
Vietnam asked Indonesia to handle Vietnamese fishermen who violated Indonesia’s territorial waters "in line with the strategic partnership between the two countries," and "in a humane fashion," Binh said.
Vietnam has continually asked its fishermen to strictly adhere to other countries’ regulations and not infringe upon foreign waters, he stressed.