Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi visited and presented gifts to coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces on July 8.

He praised the forces for their law enforcement activities at sea since China illegally placed its oil rig in Vietnam ’s waters over two months ago.

At the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard in Hanoi , Nghi said the city is always aware that it has a peaceful environment for development thanks to the efforts and sacrifice of law enforcement forces at sea, including the coast guard.

The municipal authorities and people always pay special attention to those who are safeguarding the country’s sacred sea and island sovereignty, he said.

As the protection of the national territory is a long-term struggle full of hardships and difficulties, the coast guard should be patient, ingenious and brave in demanding China to withdraw its oil rig from Vietnam ’s waters, he stressed.

Talking to the fisheries surveillance force at their city-based headquarters, the Hanoi Party chief praised them for consistently and bravely staying in the field over the past two months to safeguard the national sea sovereignty.-VNA