Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysian King Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on February
13 suggested Vietnam and
Malaysia step up bilateral cooperation in various spheres, especially in the
fight against transnational crime.
During a reception for Vietnamese Minister of Public
Security General To Lam, who paid a working visit to Malaysia from February
12-13, King Abdullah noted with pleasure the fruitful development of the
strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as relations
between the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs and the Vietnamese Ministry
of Public Security.
For his part, Lam stressed that Vietnam always
attaches importance to the strategic partnership with Malaysia which was set
up in 2015 and has served as an important premise for the two countries to
boost bilateral cooperation in various fields.
The minister expressed his hope that the
Vietnam-Malaysia strategic partnership would develop more comprehensively,
practically and effectively in the time ahead.
Over the past years, Vietnam and Malaysia have
increased the exchange of delegation at all levels, he said, citing an
official visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in August 2019,
which has contributed to the enhancement of bilateral ties.
In the realm of security and national defence, the
two countries have also exchanged delegations and information in the fight
against terrorism, and cyber crime and transnational crime, Lam said.
The agreement on cooperation in tackling transnational
crime signed in 2015 has created a legal foundation for the two
countries to enhance their collaboration in ensuring national security, and
social order and safety, he added.
Lam briefed King Abdullah on the outcomes of the
talks between the two ministries during which they agreed on orientations to
boost cooperation in ensuring security and order, and combating
transnational crime, especially in 2020 when Vietnam serves as the Chair of
ASEAN and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council while
Malaysia hosts APEC meetings.
To foster collaboration between the Vietnamese
Ministry of Public Security and Malaysia’s law enforcement agencies, Lam
called on the King to facilitate the exchange of visits, with attention paid
to consolidating mutual political trust.
The two sides will also join hands to ensure
security and safety for each other’s citizens and businesses in their
respective countries, and prevent organisations and individuals from using
one country’s territory to sabotage the other.
During the earlier talks, Minister of Public
Security To Lam and Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs Muhyddin Yassin
agreed to accelerate the organisation of the first meeting of the deputy
ministerial-level joint working group on transnational crime combat within
the framework of the above-said agreement.
At the same time, they will continue with their
partnership in counter-terrorism through bilateral and multilateral channels
like the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the ASEAN
National Police (ASEANAPOL), while strengthening cooperation within the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community.
The two sides will also step up the sharing of
information relating to cyber security and cyber and high-tech crime, and
consider establishing a coordination mechanism in this regard.
Joint efforts will be made to guarantee maritime
security and improve capacity of law enforcement forces of both countries.
On this occasion, Lam invited Muhyddin to visit
Vietnam to attend the celebration of the 75th traditional day of the Vietnam
People’s Police Force, and the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on
Transnational Crime (AMMTC-14) to be hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of