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Security minister meets US officials

Update: March, 19/2015 - 09:50
Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang (L) meets with the minister and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Hung
WASHINGTON (VNS)— Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang held bilateral talks with senior US officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday as part of his ongoing working visit to enhance the comprehensive partnership between Viet Nam and the US.

During a meeting between the minister and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the two sides agreed to elevate bilateral co-operation in security and internal affairs while deepening the two countries'comprehensive partnership and maintaining the current coordination mechanism.

They concurred to build a legal framework and hold negotiations towards the signing of co-operation agreements on convict extradition and transfer, money laundering prevention, and entrance and exit management.

They also planned to share experience in the fields and collaborate to ensure security and safety for resident agencies, businesses and citizens in their respective countries, as well as focusing efforts on preventing non-traditional security crimes, cross-border crime, intellectual poverty crime, high-tech crime and human trafficking.

In separate talks between Minister Quang and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of US Department of Justice Leslie Caldwell, the two sides agreed to review the outcomes of efforts by the two countries' law enforcement and judicial agencies, and map out co-operation strategies.

They also agreed to further multilateral co-operation with Interpol and work together at international workshops, conferences and forums on traditional and non-traditional security issues.

Minister Quang also held talks with Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; Senator Ronald Johnson, Chairman of US Homeland Security; and Congressman Peter Welch.

Quang spoke highly of the US Congress' contributions to propel relations between the two countries forward, stipulating the permanent normal trade relations for Viet Nam, the partial removal of an arms embargo and financial support for the country's efforts to address Agent Orange/Dioxin contamination and unexploded bombs and mines.

He said he hoped more US congressmen would support the development of the two countries' relations, while supporting Viet Nam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations and recognising the country's market economy status. — VNS

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