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MPS delegation attends SOMTC 19 in Myanmar

July, 26 2019
MPS - The 19th ASEAN’s Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC 19) and Related Meetings took place from July 22 to 26 in Myanmar’s administrative capital of Naypyidaw.
SOMTC and Related Meetings are considered very important annual meetings of law enforcement forces of the ASEAN countries.
The opening ceremony of the SOMTC 19, held on July 24, saw the presence of Major General Aung Thu, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs of Myanmar and Heads of the SOMTC delegations of all ASEAN member countries, and delegates from the 10 SOMTC partner countries. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Major General Truong Van Thong, Director of the Department of Foreign Relations and Head of the SOMTC Vietnam. 
Heads of ASEAN delegations attending SOMTC 19.


Consultations with the 10 dialogue partners, namely China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, Russia, EU, New Zealand, the US, Canada and India, also took place within the framework of SOMTC 19. 

As the coordinator of ASEAN - Japan relations in the 2018 - 2021 period, the Head of the Vietnamese delegation and the Head of the Japanese delegation co-chaired the 16th ASEAN - Japan Consultation. The results of SOMTC 19 will be submitted to the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Prevention (AMMTC12) in Thailand later this year. SOMTC 20 will be held in Manila, the Philippines, scheduled for May 2020.
The Vietnamese delegation at the 16th ASEAN - Japan Consultation.


Speaking at the general session, Major General Truong Van Thong called on other member countries to advocate Vietnam's initiative to list smuggling of antiques as a priority of cooperation under the SOMTC/AMMTC framework as stated at SOMTC 18 in Malaysia in September 2018.

On the sidelines of SOMTC 19, General Thong also met with heads of other delegations and partners to discuss bilateral cooperation over the past time and orientations for cooperation in the coming time.
The Vietnamese delegation meeting with a delegation of the host country.


The Vietnamese head delegate also called on other ASEAN member countries to support Vietnam when it becomes Chairman of ASEAN and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020.

By Minh Thao