General Tran Dai Quang, Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security, held talks with the Cuban Interior Minister, Albelardo Colome Ibrarra, in Havana on March 23, during which they agreed to increase the sharing of information and experience in coping with traditional and non-traditional security threats.

Both sides concurred that they will benefit from enhancing cooperation in preventing and combating transnational and organised crime, terrorism, drug smuggling and human trafficking.

The two sides will also intensify collaboration in personnel training, while supporting each other in the provision of specialised equipment and vehicles.

Ibrarra, who also sits on the country’s Politburo and is a member of Cuba’s State Council, said General Quang’s visit marked the start of a series of activities to celebrate the 55 th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, and contributed to promoting traditional friendship between the two countries, and the two public security forces in particular.

He also lauded the socio-economic and security-defence achievements that Vietnam has recorded in the cause of national defence and construction.

General Quang, who will be in Cuba from March 21-25, thanked the Cuban Party, Government and people for their support of Vietnam during its struggle for independence and its subsequent development drive.

He emphasised Vietnam’s support for the Cuban people. He also expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Caribbean country will overcome all its development challenges.-VNA