Japanese and Vietnamese marine police forces should boost cooperation in marine law enforcement, fighting pirates, and search and rescue activities, visiting Japanese Vice Admiral Kiyoshi Saishoji has said.
Saishoji made the statement during the visit by a delegation from the Japan Coast Guard to Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City, which began on February 27.
The guests have been received by Major General Nguyen Van Tuong, political commissar of the Vietnam Marine Police Department.
During the visit Saishoji, who is Director General of the Guard and Rescue Department, paid a cordial visit to other leaders of the Vietnam Marine Police Department and had a working session with officers from the Marine Police Zone 3.
During the talks, Vice Admiral Saishoji said the marine police forces of both countries should strengthen cooperation through coordinated activities, exchanges of information and experience in patrols and checks to enforce marine laws, combat pirates and improve search and rescue activities.
Colonel Le Xuan Thanh, commander of the Marine Police Zone 3, emphasized that the zone includes the sea around the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, a very important area that many foreign vessels travel through every day.
Therefore, it is a duty of the Vietnam marine Police to ensure safety for all international vessels that enter the area, Thanh told his Japanese guests.
In November 2012, Vietnamese marine police pursued, surrounded and arrested a group of 11 Indonesian pirates who had attacked the Malaysian-flagged Zafirah and then entered Vietnamese sea territory to hide, Thanh said.
This accomplishment was highly valued by other countries in South East Asia as well as around the world, he added.
The Japanese delegation‚Äôs visit is scheduled to end today, March 1.