Vietnam and Australia on July 2 signed an agreement on mutual judicial support in crime prevention, which marks a new development in the bilateral cooperation in law.

The pact was inked during the Australia visit from July 1-7 by a delegation from the Vietnam Supreme People’s Procuracy led by Director General Nguyen Hoa Binh.

The Vietnamese official and Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan described the signing as a demonstration of the international commitments between the two countries in a joint effort against crimes, especially transnational one.

It also manifests the responsibilities of each side in protecting justice as well as the legitimate rights and interests of the State, organisations and individuals, and the sound friendship in all areas, contributing to the reinforcement of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, they said.

The Vietnamese official said that in the coming time, both sides will continue boosting cooperation in law enforcement activities, especially in crime prevention such as drug crime and money laundering.

They will also work together to enhance lawmakers’ capabilities.

Vietnam and Australia signed an agreement on the transfer of sentenced prisoners in 2009. Three years later, they inked a pact on criminal extradition.-VNA