HANOI, March 16. /TASS/. Russia's Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev has held expert consultations in Hanoi on March 15 and March 16 on regional and international security with the heads of relevant agencies of Vietnam. Security Council spokesman Yevgeny Anoshin told TASS that Patrushev met with Vietnamese Public Security Minister Tran Dai Quang, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and National Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh.
At the Vietnamese Public Security Ministry, the two sides discussed the prospects of the Russian-Vietnamese cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and special services and cooperation in the field of justice. "The parties emphasized their interest in developing contacts in the fight against terrorism, cyber crime, drug trafficking, attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign counties," Anoshin said. The two sides pointed to the importance of boosting cooperation within the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering and between the two countries’ financial intelligence units. The Russian and Vietnamese representatives also spoke in favor of expanding cooperation between Russia and the National Police Association of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
During Patrushev’s meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh the two sides discussed the overall situation in the Asia-Pacific region and the Russian-Vietnamese political and economic cooperation.
Particular attention during the meeting at the Vietnamese National Defense Ministry was paid to the Russian-Vietnamese military and technical cooperation. "Nikolai Patrushev informed Phung Quang Thanh about the completion of the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria and the key aspects of the intra-Syrian political settlement," the Russian Security Council spokesman said.