|Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Tô Lâm (left) and his Lao counterpart Somkeo Silavong signed a co-operation plan for 2018. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên|Viet Nam News
VIENTIANE — General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President Bounnhang Volachith has urged the Ministries of Public Security of Việt Nam and Laos to further their co-operation in fighting crime, especially organised, trans-national, drug and high-tech crimes.
At a reception for Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Tô Lâm in Vientiane on Saturday, the Lao leader praised the outcomes of co-operation between the two ministries in the recent past.
Minister Lâm said Vietnamese people in general and the police force in particular are grateful for the valuable support of the Lao people in the past struggle for national liberation as well as for the present cause of national defence and the country’s efforts to ensure social order and safety.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security will do its utmost to promote comprehensive co-operation with its Lao counterpart, meeting requirements and tasks in the new situation, in order to consolidate the special friendship and comprehensive co-operation between the two countries, for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large.
Lâm called on the Lao leader to create favourable conditions for competent agencies of the two ministries to intensify their collaboration in fighting crime and protecting national security and safety in each nation.
During their talks earlier the same day, Lâm and his Lao counterpart Somkeo Silavong reviewed the close and effective co-operation between the two sides in 2017, including the celebration of the Việt Nam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year.
They signed a co-operation plan for 2018, under which the two sides will maintain high-level meetings between leaders of the two ministries, partner with each other to fight hostile forces, implement international agreements and treaties to which both are parties, and consult and support each other at regional and international forums on combating crime. — VNS