|Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang
The official told the press on July 15 that Vietnam welcomes other countries’ stance on the East Sea issue in accordance with international law.
With regard to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on the US position on maritime claims in the East Sea, the spokesperson said peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the sea is the aspiration and goal of countries in the East Sea, the region as well as the international community.
The respect of maritime legal order and the full and responsible implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) are of significance for carrying out these goals, Hang said.
Vietnam welcomes countries' stance on the East Sea issue in accordance with international law and shares the view mentioned in the statement issued at the recent 36th ASEAN Summit that the 1982 UNCLOS is a legal framework on all activities at sea.
Vietnam hopes that countries will step up efforts to contribute to maintaining peace, stability, and cooperation in the East Sea and settle disputes through dialogues and other peaceful measures in conformity with international law, for the common interest and in line with expectation of regional nations and the international community, the official said.
She also assured Vietnam’s willingness to make active and responsible contributions to the process.