The National Defence Academy of Vietnam should work harder to further better its training mission, while making more proposals to the Party and State on military, denfence and security matters, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has urged.

Speaking at the Academy Year-End Ceremony on July 30 in Hanoi , the NA leader underscored the country’s major defence and security tasks of safeguarding the national independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity, and protecting the Party, State, people and socialism.

He praised the academy’s efforts in creatively renovating its training programme and curriculum, successfully fulfilling its mission of training key officials of the military force as well as the Party and State agencies.

Chairman Hung made it clear that the country is facing many urgent and long-term challenges in defence and security, requiring the close combination between strategies of national construction and defence, as well as between economic development and defence.

At the same time, it is necessary to promote defence diplomacy, while thoroughly grasping the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, openness, diversification and multilateralisation of international relations, he said.

Meanwhile, it is crucial to prevent war and secure long-term peace and security, while staying active in defence activities and settling all dispute issues based on international law, he added.

According to Director of National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Vo Tien Trung, currently, the academy has been offering training courses to 517 senior military officers and officials from central Party and State agencies.-VNA