On February 14, he had a meeting with Major General Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Security Council Committee.
The event also saw the presence of Mr. Tran Van Khoa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam.
The host warmly welcomed Minister To Lam and the high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security to the country.
The guest passed the greetings from Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party and State President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Minister of Defense of Brunei Darussalam.
At the meeting, the two sides expressed delight at the strong development of relations between Vietnam and Brunei in general, and cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and Bruneian law enforcement agencies in particular over the past time.
Over the past time, the two countries have developed various bilateral and multilateral mechanisms and effectively supported each other at regional and international forums on crime prevention, especially those within the framework of ASEAN and ASEANPOL.
Regarding further cooperation in the coming time, the two sides agreed to continue strengthening sharing of information of mutual concern on traditional and non-traditional security issues and crimes, especially terrorism, hi-tech crime, drug-related crime and economic crimes.
The Vietnamese Minister of Public Security suggested establishing a Vietnam-Brunei Joint Working Group on Political-Security Cooperation as well as an annual Deputy-Ministerial Meeting on Crime Prevention. The two sides should set up a hotline to promote exchange and coordination on rescue at sea as well as to promote cooperation on oil exploitation, illegal fishing prevention, immigration management, anti-terrorism, and protection of citizens of one country in the other.
Vietnam and Brunei should also support each other's initiatives on crime prevention and fight within the ASEAN framework and each other’s pursuit of wanted criminals, contributing to strengthening the connectivity between the Mekong and BIMP-EAGA sub-regions in crime prevention and criminal extradition.
On this occasion, Minister Lam invited Minister Yussof to attend AMMTC-14 and the celebration of the 75th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Public Security Forces held in Vietnam in 2020.