Viet Nam vows to foster collaboration with other ASEAN Member States in fight against drug
VGP - The Vietnamese Government will continue its close coordination and share responsibility with other ASEAN member countries in the fight against drug.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Duy Ngoc made that pledge while attending the 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD8) in Vientiane, Laos, on August 11.
Addressing the event, Nguyen said at the regional level, ASEAN member countries should maintain and improve the efficiency of their existing cooperation mechanisms like the AMMD, the ASEAN Narcotics Cooperation Centre and the ASEAN Drug Monitoring Network.
At the same time, they need to roll out solutions to prevent drug precursor losses, dismantle drug production facilities, intensify drug control along key routes, enhance capacity of law enforcement forces, and strengthen and expand the operations of border liaison offices, he added.
Meanwhile, at the national level, the sides should work to raise the quality of information exchange, share experience in drug combat, and conduct joint patrols, the officer continued.
He also suggested ASEAN countries foster cooperation with partner countries, and step up dialogues in improving capabilities for law enforcement forces and equipment supply.
The Deputy Minister expresses his hope that countries and international organizations will further support Viet Nam in this regard, contributing to building a region of prosperity, towards a drug-free ASEAN.
The AMMD8 adopted an ASEAN Joint Statement, which is expected to be presented at the 67th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND67) in 2024.
The ADMM9 is scheduled to take place in the Philippines in 2025./.