President Tran Dai Quang shakes hands with officials from Military Zone 9 (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang visited the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Can Tho city on January 21 on the occasion of the approaching traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), the country’s biggest national holiday.

While visiting poor households and policy beneficiary families in Thoai Son district in An Giang, President Quang extolled local efforts to achieve positive outcomes in various fields such as investment-trade-economics, agriculture and rural development, tourism, and defense-security.

The President affirmed that the Party, State and people always share difficulties with underprivileged households and hope their will become better in the future.

He wished ethnic groups in the locality a warm and healthy Tet holiday and more accomplishments in the New Year 2017.

The State leader later visited the commemorative site for late President Ton Duc Thang, and the provincial police and border guards.

While visiting Military Zone 9 in Can Tho, President Quang praised officers and soldiers for taking good care of Tet for units in border, sea and island areas.

He urged the armed forces to increase the assessment and forecast of all possible complicated situations, especially in sea, island and border areas, to promptly detect and prevent all sabotage plots and activities of hostile forces, in addition to proactively reinforcing the people-based national defense and tightening close relations between soldiers and people.

The forces must also actively improve defense external work with Cambodia according to the Party and State’s foreign policies whilst enhancing friendship and solidarity with the army and people of Cambodia to build a shared borderline of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and common development, he said.-VNA