Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Bui Van Nam (Photo: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA)
– The ninth meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Working Group on Political-Security Cooperation is underway in Bangkok from July 16-19.

The Vietnamese delegation is led by Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Bui Van Nam, while the Thai delegation is headed by General Thawip Netniyom, Secretary-General of Thailand’s Security Council.

The meeting takes place when Vietnam and Thailand successfully held activities to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations (1976-2016) and have sped up the action programme on bilateral strategic partnership for 2014-2018.

It is part of activities to prepare for the upcoming visit to Thailand by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in August.

At the meeting, the two sides shared views on regional and international issues that impact security in each country, while evaluating their cooperation in politics and security.

Both sides affirmed their commitments to not allowing any individuals and organisations to make use of territory of one country to harm the other.

They reviewed the implementation of the joint working group’s working programme for the 2016-2018 period in combating transnational crimes such as illegal immigration, human trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, cyber crime and international economic crime, as well as cooperation in defence, law enforcement and justice, and other related matters.

The two sides discussed and proposed measures to deal with problems related to fishermen, fishing boats and other violations at sea in the spirit of humanity and the strategic partnership.

They also agreed to organise the 10th meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Working Group on Political-Security Cooperation in Vietnam in 2018.

During their stay in Thailand, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Bui Van Nam paid a courtesy call to General Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Thailand.

The Vietnamese delegation also visited the Memorial House for President Ho Chi Minh in Bangkok, and had meetings with representatives of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Thailand and a number of overseas Vietnamese families in Nakhon Phanom.-VNA