Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ​speaks at the political-military conference  for the entire army (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence to continue effectively implement the national protection strategy in the new situation.

The government leader made the request at a political-military conference for the entire army in Hanoi on June 27, which reviewed the performance of military and national defence tasks in the first six months of 2017 and lay out missions for the second half of the year.

PM Phuc pointed out other short-term tasks for the entire army such as improving the institution-building and forecasting work, bettering training quality, combat capacity and preparedness, and effectively carrying out the Politburo’s Resolution No. 06-NQ/TW on building and developing the national defence industry until 2020 and beyond. 

He also emphasised the need for the army to pay more heed to mass mobilisation activities, defence diplomacy and international integration. 

PM Phuc also affirmed that, in any circumstance, the Party, State and people always support the army and create the best possible conditions for the army to fulfil its tasks. 

A report delivered at the conference showed that in the first half of 2017, the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry instructed military agencies and units to realise Resolutions of the 12th National Party Congress and the 10th Congress of the Army Party Organisation on military tasks, national defence and Party building in the army.
 
Apart from giving advices to the Party and State as well as local Party Committees and administrations on issues regarding military, national defence and defence policy, the army has teamed up with the police and other forces to timely deal with circumstances to firmly protect national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the nation’s land border, sea and airspace security.

Regular army units have also closely coordinated with local armed forces in overcoming natural disaster consequences, conducting search and rescue activities and clearing bombs and mines left from the war. 

Efforts have also been made to prevent degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle as well as manifestations of internal “self-evolution” and “self-transformation.”

In the next six months, the Military Party Commission and the Defence Ministry will bring into full play the achievements while preventing all “peaceful evolution” schemes. 

The focal tasks are to improve training, combat preparedness and discipline compliance, help people with poverty reduction and socio-economic development, building new-style rural and civilised urban areas, dealing with consequences of wars, natural disasters and diseases and combating crimes and smuggling. 

At the same time, the army will participate in the UN peace-keeping operations and build up a regular, elite and modern revolutionary army to firmly safeguard the nation in the new period.-VNA