The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will transfer the DNA testing software to the Vietnamese police under an agreement signed in Washington on Monday.
The signing was witnessed by FBI Director James Comey and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, who arrived in Washington D.C. on March 15 for an official visit to the US.
In their talks, Comey and Quang agreed to enhance collaboration between the Vietnamese police force and the FBI through existing mechanisms while speeding up negotiations towards signing cooperation documents to establish a legal framework on crime prevention, including a convict extradition and transfer agreement.
Comey said that Quang’s visit will contribute to deepening the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
He thanked the Ministry of Public Security and its Investigative Police Agency for investigating and hunting several wanted criminals and handing over evidence relating to several cases as requested by the US.
Both sides lauded the results of cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the US Department of Justice and between the Vietnamese police and the FBI in sharing information and experience as well as in investigating crimes, particularly organized crime and those involving drug smuggling and money laundering.
Minister Quang on Sunday had a meeting with US State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific, Scot Marciel, in Washington D.C.
He expressed his delight at the continuous development of bilateral relations in socio-economics, crime prevention and security-defense, especially after the establishment of their comprehensive partnership in July 2013.
For his part, Scot Marciel described Minister Quang’s visit as a promising start to a number of activities to be held this year in celebration of the 20th founding anniversary of the countries’ relations.