Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) shakes hands with officers of the High Command of the Hanoi capital city (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Security-defence tasks are of paramount importance for the capital city of Hanoi, a major political, economic and cultural hub and also the heart of the entire nation, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said.

The leader, who is also the Secretary of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during his visit to the High Command of the Hanoi capital city on the first day of the New Year 2016.

Informing the Party chief on the High Command’s performance, Commander Nguyen Doan Anh said the High Command has proactively advised local authorities on the implementation of defence-military missions, maintained combat readiness, and had a firm grasp of the local situation.

The unit has effectively coordinated with other forces to ensure the absolute safety of critical political events and major anniversaries as well as national security, social order and safety, and defence mission accomplishment, the Major General noted.

It has also played an active role in natural disaster prevention and mitigation as well as search and rescue activities, helping to minimise property losses and deaths, he added.

Applauding the High Command’s excellent achievements, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong underlined that a number of important events are one the horizon such as the 12 th National Party Congress and the National Assembly and all-level People’s Council elections.

He asked Hanoi’s armed forces to be fully aware of the significance of national protection, which request them to firmly grasp the real situation and devise timely, appropriate and wise response measures.

The forces must completely obey the direction and leadership of the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence, ultimately guaranteeing people’s peaceful life and favourable conditions for development, he stressed.

He expressed his belief that local officers and soldiers will incessantly improve their political firmness, master the use of specialised equipment and techniques, and promote combat readiness, deserving the Party, State and people’s trust and contributing to the development and protection of the capital city and the nation.-VNA