President Tran Dai Quang and border guards (Source:VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang asked border guards to play their crucial role in safeguarding border and island sovereignty and security during a working session with the Border Guards High Command in Hanoi on December 13. 

The working session took place on the occasion of the 73rd founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 28th anniversary of All People’s Defence Festival Day (December 22).

The President lauded border guards for offering timely advice about policies to build stable border comprehensively and tapping collective power of the entire political system and people in border construction and defence.

The force have also actively fought crimes, especially organised, transnational, drug, human trafficking, smuggling and trade fraud crimes while raising public awareness of the Party guidelines and State laws and policies in border and island areas, contributing to disrupting sabotage plots by hostile forces and maintaining stability in border areas.

Border guards stepped up activities as part of All People’s Defence Festival Day in various forms and launched programmes and mass movements to reduce poverty, prevent natural disasters and fuel socio-economic development.

They were asked to thoroughly grasp and make correct forecasts about situation in border and island areas while working closely with units concerned to fight and promptly deal with contingencies, contributing to maintaining political security and social safety and order, and firmly safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.

The leader required them to actively advise Party committees and authorities at all levels about strengthening all people’s border guard posture in combination with all people’s national defence and security postures, effectively join social welfare and poverty reduction programmes.

Border guards must pay attention to Party building, thoroughly grasp and effectively implement the Resolution on strengthening Party building and rectification adopted by the fourth conference of the 12th Party Central Committee, prevent and drive back degradation in political thoughts, moral virtue and lifestyle, as well as “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” behaviours, and implement Decree No.5-CT/TW of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee on learning and following late President Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, morals and lifestyle.

Further attention should be also paid to border external relations, reinforcing cooperation with forces from neighbouring countries in preventing and combating social vices along the shared border, extending friendship with people and border guards in neighbouring countries, towards building a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, he said.

He expressed his belief that border guards will reap greater achievements to successfully fulfill the tasks of building and firmly safeguarding the nation.

Via a teleconference, the President talked with cadres and officials of A Pa Chai, Bo Y and Hon Chuoi border defence stations, expressing his hope that they will help reduce poverty and ensure social welfares to local people.-VNA