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Vietnam, Thailand agree to enhance cooperation in fighting illicit drug production, trading and trafficking

September, 10 2019
MPS - Within the framework of the ministerial meeting on enhancing the cooperation effectiveness in combating transnational drug crime, General To Lam, Minister of Public Security (MPS) received Mr. Somsak Thepsutin, Thai Minister of Justice on September 10, in Hanoi.
Overview of the reception.


At the meeting, General To Lam congratulated Mr. Somsak Thepsutin on his recent promotion to the Minister of Justice of Thailand, and believed that Mr. Somsak Thepsutin with his great background experience in leadership, would direct the Thai justice sector, especially the Office of the Thailand Drug Control Committee, to successfully fulfill its tasks, thereby promoting the role and position of Thailand in the international relations.

Minister To Lam stressed that Vietnam and Thailand have cooperated with each other closely in the fight against drug-related crimes over the past time. The Thai side has offered the Vietnamese side function equipment, vehicles, and personnel training, contributing to improving the effectiveness of anti-drug prevention and precursor control in Vietnam. Minister To Lam highly appreciated the role of Thailand in developing and implementing a Drug Control Action Plan for a safe Mekong river for the 6 involved countries of China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in the period of 2019 - 2022. In order to control drugs and precursors more effectively, Vietnam agreed and supported Thailand’s views on building fixed drug checkpoints on main roads.

Minister To Lam, Mr. Somsak Thepsutin and delegates.


Finally, General To Lam suggested that the two countries should continue to promote cooperation so as to improve the effectiveness of the fight against illicit drug production, trading and trafficking in the coming time.

Sincerely thanking Minister To Lam for the reception, Mr. Somsak Thepsutin highly appreciated Vietnam's initiative and good preparation for the ministerial meeting on drug control. Mr. Somsak Thepsutin believed that the cooperation between Thailand and Vietnam, including the cooperation on drug prevention and fight, would continue to grow and gain fruitful results for common benefits and development of the two countries and the region.

By Minh Thao
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