Vietnam inks anti-crime agreement with Sweden

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Fighting corruption is a priority under an anti-crime agreement that Vietnam and Sweden signed recently, news website VnExpress quoted Sweden's justice minister as saying Friday.

The deal, signed in Hanoi Wednesday, would enable the two countries' police and customs agencies to exchange information about drug smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, and other cross-border crimes, the online newspaper said.

Minister Beatrice Ask told VnExpress that the agreement would help police in the two countries to work together directly and get instant access to information.

The faster a criminal investigation is completed, the more likely a good result is achieved, the minister, who led a delegation to Vietnam from February 27 to March 1, said.

Vietnam is the first country to sign such an agreement with Sweden, with Thailand set to follow soon, according to VnExpress.

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