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Vietnam to ensure safety and security of property, personnel at VSIP Binh Duong

Vietnam's deputy prime minister and foreign minister Pham Binh Minh said the Vietnamese authorities are taking the recent rioting at the two Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks in Binh Duong province seriously.

SINGAPORE: Vietnam's deputy prime minister and foreign minister Pham Binh Minh said the Vietnamese authorities are taking the recent rioting at the two Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks in Binh Duong province seriously.

He has also assured his Singapore counterpart K Shanmugam of the safety and security of property and personnel at the industrial parks.

In a phone call to Mr Shanmugam on Friday, Mr Minh said the authorities are dealing with the situation firmly.

Vietnamese protesters staged anti-Chinese riots on Tuesday night, setting fires to four factories in the two industrial parks which are managed by an associate company of Singapore's Sembcorp Industries. There are more than 400 operating companies in the two industrial parks.

In a statement released by Singapore's foreign ministry on Sunday, during the telephone conversation Mr Shanmugam expressed Singapore's deep concern over the riots that had taken place, and highlighted that the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks were endorsed by the governments of Vietnam and Singapore.

He said investor and business confidence would be impacted by riots.

Mr Shanmugam welcomed Mr Minh's assurance that the Vietnamese authorities would take firm action to deal with the situation, but said that it was essential hereafter to ensure the safety and security of personnel and property at the two industrial parks.

Singapore's foreign ministry said Mr Minh responded by assuring Mr Shanmugam that Vietnam would take all the necessary steps to ensure that the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks are properly protected.

Mr Shanmugam also stressed that the burning of the Singapore flag on Tuesday was unacceptable.

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