Vietnam strongly condemns a "bloody and inhumane" terrorist attack in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on France's national holiday, according to the foreign ministry.
At least 84 people were killed when a gunman rammed a truck through a crowd of thousands celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera on Thursday evening. Scores more were wounded.
“We are filled with consternation hearing news of the attack in the city of Nice on July 14, which left dozens of people dead and many others injured,” Le Hai Binh, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Friday.
Vietnam offers profound condolences to the French government, people and families of the victims, and strongly believes that the French government and people will soon overcome the difficult moment, he said.
In the wake of the attack in Nice, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh have extended condolences to their French counterparts Francois Hollande, Manuel Valls and Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Head of the foreign ministry’s Consular Affairs Department Ly Quoc Tuan said his agency has not received any confirmation that there were Vietnamese victims in the attack.
Tuan said righ after the attack, the foreign ministry instructed the Vietnamese embassy in France to urgently work with local agencies and the Associations of Vietnamese in France to obtain information relating to Vietnamese citizens.
The Vietnamese Embassy in France is continuing to work with local agencies to clarify information and is ready to give support and assistance to Vietnamese citizens in need of help, he said.
The department has launched a round-the-clock hotline at +84981848484 to receive information relating to Vietnamese citizens facing difficulty.