Vietnam commits to cooperating with UN to fight terrorism

Minister of Public Security To Lam (R) in a working session with Vladimir Voronkov, UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism in New York (Photo: VNA)- Vietnam commits to cooperating with the UN and countries in the fight against terrorism, Minister of Public Security To Lam affirmed during a working session with Vladimir Voronkov , UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism in New York on May 16 (US time).Minister Lam appreciated the UN’s support of the prevention and control of terrorism and extremist violence in Southeast Asia in general and Vietnam in particular. He underlined the urgency of cooperation in promoting multilateralism globally and in strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of regional and international cooperative mechanisms, including those of the UN.The two sides shared the view that the threat from terrorism continues to grow globally, with international terrorist groups constantly seeking new operational methods, increasing the use of the cyberspace and information technology and linking with transnational criminals. Terrorism continues to be a serious threat to international security and peace.Lam expressed the concern that COVID-19 long-term economic impacts would lead to a rise in terrorist attacks, and online extremist propaganda and terrorist recruitment. The UN plays an important role in coordinating and connecting international efforts, solidarity and vigilance among UN member states, to create a synergy strength to counter the threat and expansion of terrorism, he said.Affirming that Vietnam supports efforts of the international community in seeking effective solutions to fight and eliminate terrorism, the minister said the country needs assistance in counter-terrorism and air security through the building of a Countering Terrorist Travel programme (CTTP) and Threat Assessment Models (TAM Programme).He took the occasion to inform the UN side that Vietnamese public security officers enrolled in UN peacekeeping operations have completed training and necessary procedures and are ready for duty.The UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism thanked the Vietnamese Public Security Ministry for its active and responsible cooperation in implementing the UN’s programmes and initiatives to fight transnational crimes, including terrorism and extremist violence.He expressed a wish that the ministry will continue to participate in carrying out the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and assign experienced officers to work in UN offices including the Office of Counter- Terrorism ./.

May 18, 2022 01:04 UTC

ASEAN aims to develop global vaccine passport

ASEAN member countries have voiced their support for digital technology convergence for developing a globally-accepted vaccine passport. Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said at a press conference following the 15th ASEAN Health Minister’ Meeting (AHMM) on May 14 that ASEAN will issue a joint statement on its countries' adoption of health protocol standards.“This is similar to what we will achieve at the G20," he explained, as cited by Indonesia's Antara news agency.Digital technology convergence for developing a vaccine passport was one of the agendas of the AHMM which discussed the mutual recognition arrangement on COVID-19 health certificates, he said. Sadikin noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to countries adopting diverse health protocol standards which often complicate matters for international travelers.The proposed vaccine passport will adopt an overseas travel passport mechanism utilised by each country's immigration authority for ascertaining a traveler's identity.Travel businesses currently need vaccine certificates from travelers to confirm they are healthy to carry out travel-related activities.For this reason, the health sector in the ASEAN region has proposed a digital-based vaccine passport as a single standard that can be recognised, acknowledged, and trusted by every country.Digital technology convergence for vaccine passport development has so far been accepted by the European Union and is planned to be applied globally in every country.Sadikin also said ASEAN health ministers have approved the establishment of an ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) as a collaborative effort to deal with extraordinary events and future pandemics.There will be three pillars of ACPHEED, surveillance or detection, response, and risk management, which are supported by three ASEAN representative countries, namely Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.There will be a collaboration of the three countries, each of whom will build offices in their countries for the three existing pillars, he said, noting that the working principles of ACPHEED will be generally similar to those of the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).According to him, every ASEAN country has the right to fill the three offices in the spirit of togetherness.Minister Sadikin, who is also chair of the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting, called ACPHEED a solution to address the problems of differing health protocols in each ASEAN country./.

May 16, 2022 20:48 UTC

Vietnam seeks to deepen friendship, cooperation with Israel

Politburo member and Chairman of the Central Theory Council Nguyen Xuan Thang and the Vietnamese delegation visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (Photo: VNA)- Politburo member and Chairman of the Central Theory Council Nguyen Xuan Thang made a working visit to Israel from May 10-14, aiming to strengthen the bilateral friendship and cooperation.During the visit, Thang, who is also President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA), had a meeting with Mickey Levy, a member of the leadership of Yesh Atid Party and Speaker of Knesset (Israeli Parliament); and held talks with Orna Barbivai, a member of the leadership of Yesh Atid Party and Minister of Economy and Industry .He also held working sessions with member of Yamina Party and Minister of Minister of Religious Services of Israel Matan Kahana; member of the leadership of Ne Hope Party and Chairman of the Israeli-Vietnamese Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Michal Shir Segman.Thang briefed the Israeli side on the situation of Vietnam as well as the country’s achievements in national construction, defence and development, social welfare, COVID-19 control and economic recovery.He lauded the role of Israel and the country’s success in COVID-19 control and economic recovery, expressing his delight at the growing bilateral ties since the two sides set up their diplomatic relations in 1993. He gave a number of proposals to promote the bilateral partnership in the time to come, including increasing delegation exchanges at all levels; enhancing the efficiency of the Inter-Governmental Committee; strengthening cooperation in areas of each other’s strength and potential, and in start-up, digital transformation, high-tech agriculture, IT, and AI as well as green growth. He also suggested hastening the signing of a bilateral free trade agreement and a labour cooperation deal.The Israeli side hailed Thang’s visit as an important event that helps foster and deepen the friendship and comprehensive partnership between the two countries, heading to the 30th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic relations.They spoke highly of the role and position of Vietnam in the region and the world, and lauded the proposals by Thang, expressing hope to further develop the bilateral partnership and welcome senior leaders of Vietnam in the time to come. Israel hopes to strengthen people-to-people exchange and cooperation with Vietnam in economy, trade, science, agriculture, and tourism, they said, underlining their interest in the signing of a free trade agreement, which is expected to help bolster bilateral trade, investment ties, thus creating a new breakthrough in the bilateral partnership.

May 14, 2022 19:55 UTC

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