Vietnam, UK boost security cooperation
Minister of Public Security, Sen. Lt. Gen. To Lam met with UK Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes and Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field in London on Thursday, as part of his visit to the country at the invitation of UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
At the meeting, Nokes highlighted outcomes of the talks between Vietnam's ministry and the UK Home Office a day earlier, particularly their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on anti-human trafficking cooperation. She said the MoU reflects the effort and goodwill of both sides on the matter, which is currently a priority of the UK Government. Minister Lam said the two bodies have worked closely in crime prevention to safeguard social security and safety of both nations. He underscored the exchange and management of immigration information as one of the most effective cooperation tools between the two bodies. The two sides will further improve the exchange following the signing of the MoU on the matter. At the meeting with Mark Field, both Minister Lam and his host praised the fruitful growth of Vietnam � UK strategic partnership since its elevation in 2010.
They also mentioned increasing cooperation between Vietnam's ministry and the UK Home Office in anti-human trafficking via frequent exchanges of delegations and information as well as their signing of the MoU. Lam said his ministry is looking forward to more assistance from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and law enforcement agencies in offering education, training and technical support for Vietnamese security personnel. He asked the UK office to help increase engagement between the two countries' law enforcement bodies.