|General Tran Dai Quang (L) meets with Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Saynhasone in Vientiane.— VNA/VNS Photo
VIENTIANE (VNS)— Viet Nam's Minister of Public Security has pledged to tighten co-operation with Laos to protect national and public security and prevent attempts to sabotage the revolutionary cause of Viet Nam and Laos.
General Tran Dai Quang made the commitment at a meeting with Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Saynhasone in Vientiane yesterday.
Quang, who is in Lao to attend the ninth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crimes (AMMTC), spoke highly of the Lao Ministry of Public Security's organisation of the AMMTC and related meetings. He said the success of the events affirmed Laos' position in the region and international arena.
The Vietnamese minister also said his ministry would continue to share experience and work closely with the Lao side in combating transnational crime, particularly drug crimes, as well as protecting security and order in border regions.
President Saynhasone expressed his delight at the development of the Viet Nam-Laos relationship, highly valuing the contribution of Viet Nam's Ministry of Public Security to the two countries' special ties.
He asked the two ministries to strengthen co-operation in personnel training and crime fighting for the peace and happiness of the two countries.
Also yesterday, Quang and ministers from other ASEAN member countries and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) declared their determination to work together to prevent and combat transnational crime to ensure stability and development in the region at the sixth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus Three (AMMTC+3).
The ministers said their co-operation targeted human trafficking, weapons smuggling, piracy, illegal immigration, economic crime, drugs-related crime, and hi-tech crime, and agreed to increase information exchange and training to help one another.
At the event, Quang spoke of Viet Nam's positive co-operation with law enforcement bodies from China, Japan and the RoK to implement the commitment between ASEAN and its partners to combat transnational crime.
He also recognised and spoke highly of the three countries' effective co-operation and assistance to ASEAN and Viet Nam in the fight against transnational crime and response to newly emerging non-traditional challenges in the 2007-17 period.
The Vietnamese Minister said he hoped that the commitments agreed at this meeting would be implemented effectively by all sides, creating a breakthrough in the fight against transnational crime.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Quang held talks with officials from the Lao Ministry of Security and meetings with the heads of delegations from Singapore, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Japan, and Myanmar. — VNS