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Vietnam strengthens cooperation in drug prevention and fight with countries in the Mekong sub-region

November, 15 2019
MPS - Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security leading Vietnam’s inter-ministerial delegation with representatives from the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Finance attended the Ministerial Meeting of Signatories to the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control held on November 15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The meeting was an activity within the framework of the MOU 1993 on cooperation in drug control among the six Mekong sub-regional countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Vietnam) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong and delegates at the meeting.

 

On behalf of the Vietnamese delegation, Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong delivered an important speech at the meeting, highlighting Vietnam’s efforts in preventing and controlling illicit drugs. The Deputy Minister also made some recommendations to boost the cooperation in the coming time, saying that all member countries should continue to consolidate and step up the mplementation of the current bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms on drug prevention and control.

At the meeting, delegates adopted the Bangkok Joint Declaration on Drug Issues and the "Eleventh Regional Action Plan" of sub-regional countries on joining efforts to address drug-related issues.

On this occasion, the sub-regional countries also held a meeting and agreed to launch an intensive campaign to simultaneously attack crimes along the borderlines of the six member countries. The campaign is expected to run three months, starting from the end of December 2019.

* On the sidelines of the meeting, Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong had a meeting with Mr. Andy Tsang Wai-hung, Deputy Director of the China’s National Narcotics Control Commission.

Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong, Mr. Andy Tsang Wai-hung at the meeting.

 

At the meeting, the two sides together reviewed and assessed the drug-trafficking situation on the shared borderline and results of cooperation in prevention and fight against crimes in general and drug-related crime in particular over the past time. They also discussed out directions for the cooperation in the coming time.

 

by Thu Hung
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