Deputy PM calls for stronger int’l cooperation in fight against drugs
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh stressed the
need for all countries to make joint efforts in the fight against drug crime
while receiving heads of delegations attending a ministerial meeting in
Hanoi on September 10th.
The ministerial meeting on enhancing the
effectiveness of cooperation in fighting transnational drug crime was held
in Hanoi the same day at the initiative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public
Security. It attracted nearly 200 delegates from Cambodia, Laos, China,
Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, the US’ Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Regional
Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
At the reception, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa
Binh said drug production and trafficking remain complex and are growing at
an alarming rate around the world. Drug crime has negatively affected the
lives of communities and the development of all nations.
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (R) greets
delegates to the ministerial meeting on drug crime combat in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)
Facing that fact, regional countries have carried
out a number of cooperation activities to control the drug situation, and
they have obtained encouraging outcomes, the Deputy PM noted.
He emphasised that together with other countries,
the Vietnamese Government has always made efforts to implement comprehensive
and balanced measures in drug prevention and control, with attention paid to
reducing both drug supply and demand.
In 2019, Vietnam’s anti-drug forces have coordinated
closely with foreign peers to seized several tonnes of drugs, most of which
were destined for other countries.
Binh noted Vietnam and other ASEAN countries have
pledged to eradicate the scourge of drugs for the sake of a drug-free ASEAN.
To realise that commitment, they have implemented many cooperation
initiatives effectively such as the ASEAN ministers and senior officials’
meetings on drug matters, the ASEAN centre for drug crime information, the
ASEAN working group on fighting drug trafficking by air and sea, and the
ASEAN plan on drug control in the Golden Triangle area.
The Deputy PM highlighted that drug crime is a
global issue that no single country can resolve on its own, but all
countries need to join hands in the combat.
Vietnam highly values the DEA, AFP and UNODC’s
support for the countries to carry out cooperation activities in the work in
the region, he said, calling for all nations and international organisations
to pay more attention to and continue supporting the fight against drugs.
Through the ministerial meeting, the Vietnamese
Government wants to affirm its continued enhancement of cooperation with
regional and partner countries and international organisations in the fight
against drugs, thereby joining the international community’s efforts to
address this global issue, Binh added./.