Vietnam and Singapore have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in dealing with traditional and non-traditional security threats, with a particular focus on fighting organised international crime.

This cooperation agreement was reached during talks in Singapore on September 20 between Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and Teo Chee Hean, Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Coordinating Minister for National Security.

Quang congratulated the Singaporean Government and people on their achievements, affirming that the relations between the two countries in general and between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Singaporean Ministry for Home Affairs have become deeper and more effective over the last 40 years.

Both sides reviewed the outcomes of several bilateral agreements, including an agreement on trans-boundary crime prevention and a memorandum of understanding on the exchange of annual visits at the deputy-ministerial level.

They agreed to increase high-level delegation exchanges to share information on combatting crime and protecting social order.

The two countries will also run joint capacity development measures for officials; train mobile police, firefighter and search-and-rescue forces; and safeguard the safety of trade, investments, and tourism.-VNA