Lao, Viet police extend partnership in prevention of cross-border crime
Laos' Ministry of Public Security and Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security will continue to support each other in protecting national security and preventing cross-border crimes.
During a visit to Vietnam from March 15-17, Lao Minister of Public Security Major General Somkeo Silavong signed an agreement to extend cooperation with Vietnam.
The action plan for 2017 was signed by Major General Somkeo together with Vietnam's Minister of Public Security, Lieutenant General To Lam.
The two ministries agreed to continue mutual support in protecting national security, social security and political security and in preventing cross-border crimes such as drug trafficking, as well as ensuring security along the two countries' shared border.
The two ministries also agreed to support capacity building through the provision of technology, technical equipment and experts to bolster security and public order.
The two sides also discussed issues related to public security and reviewed their cooperation over the past year, in particular in the prevention and monitoring of drug trafficking and other crimes.
The two sides placed a particular focus on the trade in illegal drugs and shared ideas on how best to suppress the illicit trade.
Police from the two countries share their ideas and working methods every year, hoping to combat crime.
This year Laos and Vietnam mark the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
While in Vietnam last week, Major General Somkeo also paid a courtesy visit to President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phu.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 22, 2017)