The conference aimed to review the results of the bilateral cooperation in implementing the bilaterally signed agreements on drug control as well as to discuss measures to promote the cooperation in the fight against drug-related crimes in the coming time.
According to the reports at the meeting, the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against drug crimes achieved fruitful results in 2019. With close and effective coordination, a number of major transnational drug trafficking rings were stamped out by relevant forces of the two countries.
Particularly, the Vietnamese police forces, in association with Thai counterparts, on May 11, 2019 arrested four Taiwanese (China) suspects, seized more than 500kg of ketamine in Ho Chi Minh City. On August 7, 2019, the Vietnamese police also arrested a Senegal suspect who carried 1,6kg of cocaine in his stomach from Ethiopia to Vietnam by air.
Currently, under the framework of the “Safe Mekong Initiative”, Vietnam is promoting the establishment of the Safe Mekong Coordination Center” for officers from the member countries including Thailand to work from mid-2020.
Over the past time, Thailand has provided a good deal of equipment and budget for Vietnam to fight against drug-related crimes. It has also provided professional training courses for Vietnamese officers in charge of drug prevention and fight.
In order to further improve the effectiveness of the bilateral cooperation in drug prevention and control in the coming time, Vietnam and Thailand are committed to keep effectively implementing the bilateral agreement on drug control signed in 1998, studying and proposing Joint Action Plans of the two countries’ forces, implementing activities within the framework of the Letter of Agreement on cooperation in law enforcement and drug control. The two sides will also further information sharing and cooperation in fighting against drug-related crimes from afar and supporting each other on multilateral cooperation forums at the regional and global scales.