State President meets with Ministry of National Defense
21:16 | 14/03/2012
VGP – The Ministry of National Defense is the key force to defend the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity on land, sea and in the air, said State President Trương Tấn Sang.

State President Trương Tấn Sang (R) at a working session with the Ministry of National Defense, Hà Nội, March 14, 2012 - Photo: VNA

The Head of State made the point on March 14 in Hà Nội during his working session with Defense Ministry’s leaders on the implementation of future military and defense tasks.

According to State President Sang, the Army also serves as the main force in efforts to cope with natural disasters, rescuing and helping people stabilize their life and production.

The Army has taken an active role in socio-economic development and poverty reduction programs, development of socio-politic grassroots establishments and new cultural lifestyle, particularly in remote areas.

The country is dealing with a number of difficulties and challenges, especially the impacts of global financial crises and economic turndown, natural disasters and diseases, and hostile forces in and out the country that continue to implement destructive activities and plot unrest, said the State President.

The need to maintain independence, sovereignty, peaceful environment and stability for the country’s socio-economic development has meant new requirements for the national defense and security task, he added.

The State President agreed with the Ministry’s operational programs and solutions for this year.

He called upon the Ministry to build the people’s armed forces in a strong, comprehensive, regular, skilful and modern manner to maintain national independence and socialism,  peace and stability for national development as its highest interest./.

By Khánh Phương

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