Vietnam public security minister discusses transnational crime fight with US national security adviser

Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security To Lam and U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien conferred on curbing transnational crime and other issues in Hanoi on Saturday, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

“NSA Robert O’Brien and Vietnamese Minister [of] Public Security To Lam met today to discuss our joint efforts to combat transnational crime in support of the new U.S.-Mekong Partnership, and to expand cooperation on a broad range of security issues,” the embassy said in a post on its verified Facebook account.

This is part of O’Brien’s official visit to Vietnam, which lasts from Friday to Sunday.

The security adviser also extended his thanks to U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink and staff for their welcome upon his arrival in Vietnam.

“I am looking forward to constructive discussions with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other government leaders about the U.S.-Vietnam relationship,” O’Brien was quoted as saying on the embassy’s verified Facebook account.

Tweets from the White House National Security Council said O'Brien would meet leaders in Vietnam and the Philippines "to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships and to discuss regional security cooperation," Reuters reported.

O’Brien’s visit comes at a time when Vietnam and the U.S. celebrate 25 years of diplomtic relations, Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday.

He is set to meet with leaders of Vietnamese ministries and agencies to “discuss some bilateral and international issues of mutual concern,” Hang added.

Vietnam and the U.S. joined hands to organize a training course for police officers who fight human trafficking and child abuse in Ho Chi Minh City from November 17 to 19, according to the U.S. Embassy.

A similar course had been held in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, located in northern Vietnam, from November 3 to 5.

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