During their talks on February 14 in Brunei, thwho is also Second Minister of Defence ey expressed their confidence that amidst the complicated situation of transnational crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, and high-tech crimes in the region, the two security forces need to strengthen information exchange on the artifice and affiliation of all crimes, especially terrorism, high-tech and drug crimes, as well as step up collaboration in cyber security.
| Minister of Public Security General To Lam (L) and Chairman of the National Security Committee of Brunei Major General Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof who is also Second Minister of Defence
They held that close cooperation will make remarkable contributions to deepening the Vietnam-Brunei comprehensive partnership in the future.
The two sides also highlighted the sound cooperative relations between the two nations in the past time, noting that the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and competent forces in Brunei have fully cooperated 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 cooperation at the ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL), coordination to prevent and settle transnational crimes, and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
Minister Lam suggested the Brunei Ministry of Defence consider the establishment of a joint working group on political-security cooperation, organize annual deputy ministerial-level talks on crime prevention, and build a coordinating mechanism on inspection and settlement of high-tech crimes, especially gambling crimes, among others.
He underscored the need for both sides to exchange experience in preventing terrorists who take advantage of the cyberspace to conduct other acts of sabotage, while bolstering coordination to improve management capacity and ensure safety for the national information system.
Concerning multilateral cooperation, Lam suggested both sides back each other’s initiatives on crime prevention in the framework of ASEAN, help each other in tracking criminals, and promote connectivity between the Greater Mekong Sub-region and the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) in crime prevention and extradition.
As the Ministry of Public Security is set to celebrate its 75th Traditional Day of the Public Security Forces, and host the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC 14) in 2020, Lam invited Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof to visit Vietnam and attend the events.
To Lam is leading a high-ranking delegation of the Ministry of Public Security to make a visit to Brunei on February 13-15.