Vietnam, Indonesia step up security cooperation: Minister To Lam

WVR/VNA - On May 20, General To Lam, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security, hosted a reception for Deputy Chief of the Indonesian National Police (INP) Commissioner General Agus Andrianto.
Vietnam, Indonesia step up security cooperation: Minister To Lam
Vietnam, Indonesia step up security cooperation: General To Lam, Minister of Public Security (right) and Deputy Chief of the Indonesian National Police (INP) Commissioner General Agus Andrianto. (Photo: VNA)

The Indonesian official is in Vietnam to attend the third security dialogue at the Deputy ministerial level between Vietnam and Indonesia.

Minister Lam highlighted that over the past 70 years, the friendship and cooperation between the two countries have continuously developed, especially since they upgraded their relationship to a Strategic Partnership in 2013.

He went on to say that security cooperation has been effectively implemented through agreements such as the agreement on extradition and the memorandum of understanding on strengthening anti-terrorism cooperation. As a result, the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) of Vietnam and INP have enhanced the sharing of information on crime prevention and combat, and coordinated in ensuring security and safety for citizens of the two countries.

They have continued to maintain cooperation within the frameworks of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC), the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD) and the ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL).

The Vietnamese Minister suggested that the two sides continue to increase the exchange of high-ranking delegations and maintain the security dialogue at the deputy ministerial level between the MoPS and the INP on an annual rotation basis.

It is necessary for the two sides to coordinate to effectively implement the cooperation documents signed between the two countries to enhance the effectiveness of crime prevention and citizen protection, and promote negotiations for the signing of the MoU on cooperation in preventing and combating human trafficking, he said.

The two sides should strengthen cooperation, regularly exchange information, share experience and coordinate closely in transmitting high-level messages and promote specialised cooperation; while cooperating to prevent any individual or organisation from using the territory of one country to conduct activities that are harmful to the security and order of the other country, Lam noted.

For his part, Deputy Chief Andrianto said INP in particular and Indonesian authorities in general want to further promote and strengthen closer cooperation with the MoPS so as to deepen the Strategic Partnership between the two nations. He hoped that the relaltionship between Vietnam and Indonesia in general and between the MoPS and the INP will be further consolidated and developed, for peace, stability, prosperity of the two countries' people.

Earlier on the same day, Senior Lieutenant General Luong Tam Quang, Deputy Minister of Public Security, and Andrianto co-chaired the third security dialogue.

The two sides reviewed the results reaped in implementing cooperation contents since the 2nd dialogue; engaged in candid discussions about their cooperation on drug crime prevention and combat, human trafficking, terrorism, cyber security, and cooperation in training Vietnamese officers to join the UN peacekeeping forces and other issues of mutual concern, thereby putting forth orientations for cooperation in the coming time.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)