Minister of Public Security General Tô Lâm delivers a speech at the 10th international meeting of high-ranking officials responsible for security matters in Russia on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Dương Trí
MOSCOW — Ensuring national security and sustainable socio-economic development in the context of growing security threats was an urgent and challenging task for all countries around the world which needed their concerted efforts, Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General Tô Lâm has said.
Lâm made the statement at the 10th international meeting of high-ranking officials responsible for security matters in Russia on Tuesday. Hundreds of delegates from 120 countries and representatives from the United Nations (UN) took part in the three-day event.
The minister said the current border, sea and island sovereignty disputes were developing in a complicated fashion and posing the potential risk of military conflicts, directly threatening peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of aviation and navigation.
He also mentioned threats posed by high-tech crime to steal information, intellectual property and state secrets as well as increasing terrorism and extremism activities in some regions, and other non-traditional security risks such as cross-border crime, climate change, disease and exhaustion of natural and fuel resources.
In that context, Việt Nam had gained a lot of achievements in national building, protection and development, Lâm said.
From Việt Nam’s experience, he proposed measures to ensure national security and sustainable socio-economic development such as promoting national internal strength; respecting independence and sovereignty of countries and international law; enhancing multinational and regional co-operation; and increasing the role of organisations, regions and groups linking countries in the world in preventing and combating threats.
The minister said Việt Nam was willing to co-operate with other countries as well as share experience with international law enforcement agencies and organisations to strengthen capacity to ensure national security and sustainable socio-economic development, contributing to the maintenance of peace and stability.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Lâm met with representatives from China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Mongolia to discuss measures to step up co-operation in the fight against trans-national crime, drug crime, high-tech crime, human trafficking and money laundering.
Earlier, at a working session with Radiy Khabirov, Acting Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Lâm highlighted the growing comprehensive strategic partnership between Việt Nam and Russia in all fields, with increasing political trust.
Khabirov said local authorities would create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to invest in Bashkortostan.
Lam also met with Sergey Naryshkin, director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, and attended a reception hosted by Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev for heads of delegations from ASEAN countries. — VNS