Public Security Minister holds online talks with Australian Minister of Home Affairs –


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Hanoi (VNA) –
Minister of Public Security
General To Lam suggested measures to strengthen cooperation between Vietnam and
Australia as well as between his ministry and Australian partners, during his
online talks with Australian Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews on
November 23.

He said cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of
Public Security and Australian law enforcement agencies has been enhanced in
such spheres as crime combat, immigration management and judicial assistance.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Australian
Ministry of Home Affairs are effectively implementing commitments and
agreements signed, and the minutes of the second Vietnam-Australia
Vice-Ministerial Security Dialogue in December 2019, Lam said, adding that the
third dialogue is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2022 when the COVID-19
pandemic is put under control.

Lam suggested the two sides continue to effectively
roll out the action programme implementing the Vietnam-Australia strategic
partnership for the 2020-2021 period.

Vietnam and Australia should step up cooperation
across fields, including security and national defence, and work on a roadmap to
advance the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, he

Lam also proposed information sharing and coordination
in crime combat and personnel training, saying joint efforts are needed to effectively
put cooperation agreements in place, notably the 2020 memorandum of
understanding on police cooperation and organized crime prevention and the 2018
agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security hopes that
the Australian Ministry of Home Affairs and Government members will continue to
create favourable conditions for law enforcement forces of the two countries to
tighten their cooperation, the minister said.

He suggested improving capacity for fighting drug,
high-tech crimes, human trafficking, illegal migration, and non-traditional

For her part, Andrews also expressed her hope that the
two ministries will beef up their cooperation, especially in exit-entry management,
cross-border crime combat and cyber security, among others./.

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