President Truong Tan Sang has urged the National Defence Academy of Vietnam to raise its trainees’ awareness of the nation’s strategy to protect the Fatherland in the new context, firmly safeguard national territorial integrity and ensure a peaceful environment for the country’s development.

The State leader made the remark while visiting the academy and spoke to cadres attending a defence-security course in Hanoi on April 7.

He was accompanied by Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence.

The President was briefed on the academy’s education and training work and the past achievements of ex-trainees.

“ Independence , sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Vietnam are hallowed and inviolable,” he said, adding that all citizens should contribute to the cause of national construction and defence.

He also analysed the Party and State’s solutions to implement the missions such as increasing the national strength and utilising the international support to address external challenges and difficulties.

Also at the meeting, the President clarified several questions raised by the academy’s staff, lectures and cadets on the mission to protect the country.-VNA