VietNamNet Bridge – Newly-elected Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sent best wishes to army units during his New Year visit to the Defence Ministry headquarters on January 30.
Mr. Trong, who is also National Assembly Chairman and Secretary of the Central Military Party Committee, sent warm sentiments and wishes for a Happy New Year to the entire army, “who stay alert to safeguard the national airspace, land territory, the sea, islands and borders for national peace and people’s happy lives”.
He also hailed the ministry for helping officers and soldiers across the country celebrate the nation’s biggest holiday.
“These preparations are of great significance for soldiers on duty on frontline islands and remote border areas,” said the Party leader.
In this regard, Trong was assured by Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh, who is a Party Politburo member, of the stability along borderlines, on islands and in other important areas.
The defence minister also pledged that the entire army would remain ready to promptly respond to any situation even while celebrating Tet.
The ministry has shipped supplies, including foods and other necessities for Tet to the Truong Sa archipelago, for armies and ordinary people there to celebrate the lunar New Year festival in full.
The ministry has also sent delegations to visit and present gifts for families of fallen soldiers and war invalids and sanatoriums caring for war invalids, while shipping supplies to army units in disadvantaged regions.
Later that day, Mr. Trong attended a meeting at the Party Central Committee Office with the participation of former Party General Secretaries Do Muoi, Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung extended best wishes to all officers, soldiers and workers of the Air and Air Defence Force as the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) approaches during his pre-Tet visit.
PM Dung said it is prerequisite to maintain stability to foster the country’s construction and socio-economic development, and the armed force is a key unit to perform this task.
The leader asked the High Command of the Air and Air Defence Force to work as advisers for municipal and provincial authorities in zoning off airports to ensure harmony between socio-economic development and national defence and security.
Also on Jan. 30, Politburo member Truong Tan Sang visited and sent best wishes to the Party organisation and people of the Red River delta province of Hung Yen on the threshold of Tet.
Politburo member and Minister, Head of the Government Office Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid a pre-Tet visit to the central province of Quang Nam, while Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, visited and sent greetings to the Party organisations and residents of the Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang and Vinh Long.