The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of sympathy to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Mr. Pham Binh Minh, following the flooding in the central provinces of Viet Nam.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

"I am deeply saddened to hear the news about the widespread flooding and landslides in the central provinces of Viet Nam caused by heavy rainfall destroying livelihoods, displacement of people and destruction of property.

At this time of distress, the Government and people of the Maldives, join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of Viet Nam, especially to those directly affected and to the families who lost their livelihoods.

I wish the recovery efforts every success and commend the tenacity of the people of Viet Nam during this time of national crisis."