Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong (front, centre) at the meeting with Lao officials in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) -
Vietnam will step up cooperation with its neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia in the fight against drugs in the time to come.

The consensus was reached at bilateral meetings on December 6 and 7 between Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Le Quy Vuong and Lieut. Gen. Somvang Thammasith of Laos and General Chunsovan of Cambodia.

They have been in Laos to attend the 17th trilateral ministerial meeting on cooperation in drugs control and prevention among Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that took place in Vientiane on December 6.

At the meetings, the officers shared their views that cooperation between anti-drug forces of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have contributed to preventing and detecting cross-border drug crimes and protecting security in the common borders.

The Vietnamese and Lao sides agreed to instruct relevant agencies of the two countries to increase information exchange and join hands in the investigation work.

They will ask border provinces of the two countries to rotationally organise anti-drug conferences and coordinate with each other in addressing bad deeds, while intensifying law popularisation in order to raise public awareness of the combat.

Vietnam and Cambodia also reached consensus on similar tasks to be taken in the coming time to step up the fight against drugs.

Vietnam will also work together with Cambodia and Laos to improve the quality of their Border Liaison Offices as well as their coordination.

At the same time, Vietnam will enhance personnel training and share experience in combating drugs-related crimes with the two countries.-VNA