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Deputy FM makes phone call to British official over lorry deaths

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung has thanked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and relevant agencies of the UK for their active support and sharing of information related to lorry deaths in Essex with Vietnam.

In his phone call to Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Heather Wheeler on October 29, Dung appreciated British agencies for their assistance in accelerating the identification of the victims in the tragedy in which 39 people were found dead in the container truck in Essex county of the UK on October 23.

He also proposed the UK side help Vietnam to implement the protection of citizens if there are Vietnamese victims in the incident.

Wheeler affirmed that the British side is making every effort to identify nationalities and names of the victims, and ready to work closely with relevant sides to quickly complete the identification process.

The two officials affirmed to continue working together closely, while strongly condemning the trafficking of humans and showing the determination to fight transnational organised crime rings that organise illegal migration.

They also agreed to call on the international community to strengthen cooperation and resolutely combat this kind of crime.