Vietnam, Brunei join hands to combat crimes

  • ASEAN+
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam (left) and Chairman of the National Security Committee of Brunei Major General Awang Halbi Mohd Yussof shaking hands after the security forces partnership was announced to the media on Sunday (Feb 15). - VNA/ANN

HANOI: Vietnam and Brunei governments have announced that amid the complicated situation of transnational crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, and high-tech crimes in the region, the two security forces will work together, especially fighting terrorism, high-tech and drug crimes, as well as promote collaboration in the field of cyber security.

The consensus was reached on Friday and official announcement was made on Sunday (Feb 16).

Defence officials explained close co-operation will contribute significantly to deepening the Vietnam -Brunei comprehensive partnership in the future.

Stressing on the sound co-operative relations between the two countries in the past, the officials said the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and competent forces in Brunei have co-operated at all levels, in a number of bilateral and multilateral mechanisms, as well as at regional and international forums on crime prevention.

They recalled bilateral co-operation at the Asean Chiefs of Police Conference, co-ordination to prevent and settle transnational crimes, and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

The Brunei Ministry of Defence will also consider the establishment of a joint working group on political-security co-operation, organise annual deputy ministerial-level talks on crime prevention, and set up a co-ordinating mechanism on inspection and settlement of high-tech crimes, especially gambling crimes, among others.

It was highlighted that both sides needed to exchange experiences in preventing terrorists who take advantage of the cyberspace to carry out other acts of sabotage, while promoting co-ordination to improve management capacity and ensure safety for the national information system. - Vietnam News/Asian News Network
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