Army urged to fulfill tasks for 2019

Thursday, 2019-01-10 18:32:12
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Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the conference. (Photo: NDO/Dang Khoa)
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NDO/VNA – Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong on January 10 asked the entire army to make all-out efforts to complete the targets and tasks set for 2019.

Addressing the national political-military conference held by the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence in Hanoi, the leader said 2019 is significant to the implementation of the resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan.

Therefore, the leader, who is also Secretary of the Central Military Commission, stressed that the army needs to stay vigilant, make accurate forecasts of the situation, especially complex emerging issues, and provide timely consultations for the Party and State to deal with the problems.

At the conference reviewing the performance of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry in 2018, he tasked the army with boosting national strength to build people-based defence and security, stressing that more attention should be paid to building defence zones.

National defence and security should go in tandem with economic development, particularly in strategic and key border and island areas, he said.

Party General Secretary and President Trong urged the army to join hands with the police and other relevant forces in the fight against sabotage plots and destructive activities by hostile forces.

Another important part of the work in the security and defence education is to raise public awareness of national defence, he added.

It is a must to build the politically strong army, which absolutely loyal to the Party, the nation and people, and resolved to fight against wrongdoings and hostile forces, the leader noted.

Regarding the apparatus organisation of the political system, he said the adjustment must ensure a streamlined and effective army and better combative strength, thus meeting national defence requirements and tasks in both the short and long terms.

Party General Secretary and President Trong said that soldiers should be equipped with scientific and military knowledge in order to build a revolutionary, regular, elite and modern army.

The leader asked the army at all levels to step up external relations and place more importance on bilateral defence cooperation, stressing peace-keeping operations and preparations for military and defence conferences when Vietnam assumes the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.