He highlighted the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Singapore and said that the two countries are expanding cooperation in all realms with Singapore being the third biggest foreign investor in Vietnam.
The cooperation achievements that Vietnam and Singapore have gained over the past few years were significantly contributed to by the two ministries, he added.
He suggested the two ministries increase consultation in addressing issues of mutual concern, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, and development in each nation as well as in the region at large.
Regarding the prevention of crimes, the PM asked the two sides to maintain cooperation mechanisms and strengthen information exchange and investigation coordination, especially in ensuring cybersecurity and dealing with high-tech crime, economic crime, drug crime, terrorism, and wanted crime.
Shanmugam, who is also the Minister for Law, told the host that his working visit to Vietnam aims to tighten the multi-faceted cooperation with the country’s Ministry of Public Security, through which contributing to deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.
While informing PM Phuc about the two ministries’ cooperation outcomes, Shanmugam said the two sides have actively worked together to enforce law in the fight against crimes, fire prevention, and rescue efforts, thus contributing to ensuring order and security in each nation as well as peace and stability in the region.
The two ministries agreed to step up and expand coordination in the coming time, he added.
While discussing international matters, Shanmugam said ASEAN is playing an increasingly important role in global cooperation.
He called on ASEAN member states to further promote solidarity and close-knit relations in the context of more complicated and unpredictable political and commercial turmoil in the world.
The Minister expressed his hope that PM Phuc will continue backing the strengthened cooperation between the two ministries in law-building and crime prevention.
The PM conveyed his congratulations to PM Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore Government, and its people on the successful organisation of the 33rd ASEAN Summit, which not only contributes to promoting regional peace, solidarity, and prosperity but also reinforces the security and development of each ASEAN member nation, including Vietnam and Singapore.