The Sultan of Brunei highlighted the visit by the Vietnamese delegation as a contribution to reinforcing the two countries’ cooperation, especially between his country’s law enforcement agencies and the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security.
He hailed the outcomes of the talks between Minister To Lam and Maj. Gen. Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence and Chairman of the National Security Committee of Brunei.
The Sultan voiced his hope that both sides will continue stepping up cooperation in the areas of their strength, especially combating transnational crimes, terrorism, drug crime, cybercrime, and economic crime.
For his side, Minister To Lam said he hopes the Sultan will keep supporting and directing Brunei’s law enforcement agencies to boost ties with the Vietnamese ministry in safeguarding national security and fighting against crimes.
He also urged the two nations to soon work out an action programme for the implementation of their comprehensive partnership, which was set up during the Sultan’s visit to Vietnam in March 2019.
Additionally, he underlined the need to continue offering mutual support and coordinating their viewpoints at international forums, particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations.
Vietnam and Brunei should also actively consult each other and cooperate with other ASEAN member states in the East Sea issue towards seriously carrying out the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the East Sea and building an effective, substantive and binding code of conduct (COC) in the East Sea that ensures interests of the parties concerned and conforms with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the official noted
During his stay in Brunei, Minister To Lam and his delegation also met with staff Vietnamese Embassy staff in Brunei.