Vietnam and South Korea on Thursday launched new police units tasked with protecting citizens of the other country in either country.
Vietnam's Ministy of Public Security installed a Korean Desk tasked with protecting South Koreans in Vietnam.
The National Police Agency also opened a Vietnam Desk at its building in Seoul's Seodaemun district, charged with affairs involving Vietnamese nationals, according to a report on KBS World Radio.
Two officers who speak Vietnamese will be placed at the Vietnam Desk in Seoul while four Vietnamese officers with Korean language capabilities will be stationed at the Korean Desk in Hanoi, the report said.
The two desks will share investigation details on incidents in either country involving the other's citizens, according to KBS.
The two units will also serve to arrest and repatriate fugitives and exchange intelligence on criminals.
Vietnam's tourism authorities recorded about 998,000 arrivals of South Korean nationals in Vietnam in the first 11 months of this year.