Indonesia-Vietnam to hold security dialogs

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Vietnam have held their first dialog on security to strengthen cooperation in stamping out transnational crimes.

The first security dialog was held in Hanoi on Sept 7 between the Indonesian police and the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

The Indonesian police delegation was headed by chief of the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) Comr.Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto. The Vietnamese delegation was headed by Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Public Security Lt.Gen.Duong Minh Hung.

"The dialog was part of efforts to increase cooperation with neighboring countries including Vietnam to deal with situation in this region and transnational crimes disturbing security and public order," Ari Dono Sukmanto said here on Friday.

Ari said he hoped the bilateral security dialog would contribute to attempt to eliminate transnational crimes in this region.

In the first dialog, both sides agreed to cooperate and to intensify exchange of information on security, public order and safety and in all aspects of security between the two countries, he said.

The Indonesian police and the Vietnamese Ministry for Public Security would exchange information about experience to prevent and eradicate transnational crimes such as human and drug trafficking, piracy in the sea, terrorism and other security problems of mutual interest, he said.

Both sides agreed to renew memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the prevention and eradication of crimes signed in 2005, which will expire before the end of 2016.

The security dialog between Indonesia and Vietnam was an implementation of one of the agreements of Joint Commission of the two countries in June, 2015, under which the foreign ministers of the two countries shared the view that it was important to hold security dialog between Indonesia and Vietnam.

The importance of the security cooperation between the two countries was raised again in talks during the visit here of Vietnamese Minister for Public Security on June 24-25 this year.(*)