Minister To Lam attends 1st ASEAN – Russian Consultations of high representatives for security issues

June, 29 2021
MPS - Minister of Public Security General To Lam leading a high-ranking security delegation of Vietnam on June 28 attended the 1st ASEAN – Russian Consultations of the high representatives for security issues, which was held in the videoconferencing form.

The event saw the presence of Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation General Patrushev Nikolay Platonovich and Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Robert Matheus Michael Tene among Heads of high-ranking security delegations of ASEAN countries.

After the opening speech delivered by General Patrushev Nikolay Platonovich, the delegates discussed related issues and challenges posed to the security and political situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Overview of the event.

Speaking at the event, Minister To Lam emphasized that ASEAN has a particularly important geopolitical and economic position in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

Appreciating the significance of the consultations, Minister To Lam stated that it was an important event to promote and deepen the ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership.

In order to further strengthen the ASEAN-Russia cooperation, Minister To Lam suggested that the two sides should strengthen cooperation within the framework of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to develop the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership substantively and comprehensively while expanding cooperation on traditional security issues and new security challenges, including terrorism, organized crime, transnational crime, and hi-tech crime through existing mechanisms and  capacity building programs for law enforcement officers. The two sides should also consider expanding professional information sharing among law enforcement agencies and developing a mechanism to coordinate ASEAN-Russia relations at ministerial level in combating terrorism, organized and transnational crimes.

Delegates at the event.

The relevant parties should also promote cooperation in combating illegal activities at sea such as terrorism, piracy, and armed attacks on ships and boats by strengthening cooperation within the framework of mechanisms in which ASEAN plays a leading role (ARF, East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF)), the Minister added.

Minister Lam also stressed the need to boost global and regional cooperation to ensure maritime security, freedom of navigation and overflight, and freedom of commerce. He also encouraged countries to self-restrain to avoid resorting to the use of force or threatening to use force, and to address disputes in a peaceful manner on the principle of international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as well as relevant standards and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Minister To Lam speaks at the event.

Concluding his speech, Minister To Lam affirmed that, as the chair of ASEAN in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, Vietnam committed to making contributions to promoting dialogues, cooperation and trust-building processes chaired by ASEAN. Vietnam is always ready to cooperate closely with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and ASEAN member states for a peaceful, secure, and stable environment, creating necessary conditions for sustainable socio-economic development.

At the conference, the delegates exchanged and consulted on measures to maintain political stability and ensure security in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region at large in the face of advantages and challenges for interests, security and development of both ASEAN and Russia.

by Cong Nghiep