Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and the ministers from other ASEAN member countries, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have declared determination to work together in preventing and combating transnational crime to ensure stability and development in the region.

They gathered in Vientiane, Laos on September 18 for the sixth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus Three (AMMTC+3).

The ministers said the cooperation targets such crime as human trafficking, weapons smuggling, piracy, illegal immigration, economic crime, drugs-related crime, and hi-tech crime, and agreed to increase information exchange and training for better outcomes.

At the event, Minister Quang spoke of Vietnam’s positive cooperation with law enforcement bodies of China, Japan and the RoK to implement the commitment between ASEAN and the partners on combating transnational crime.

He also recognised and spoke highly of the three countries’ effective cooperation with and assistance to ASEAN and Vietnam in particular, in the ASEAN+3 cooperation programme on transnational crime prevention and response to newly emerging non-traditional challenges in the 2007-2017 period.

The Vietnamese Minister said he hopes that the commitments agreed at this meeting will be implemented effectively by all sides, creating a breakthrough in the transnational crime fight.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Quang had talks with officials from the Ministry of Security of Laos and meetings with the heads of delegations from Singapore, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Japan, and Myanmar.-VNA