President Tran Dai Quang inspects the guard of honour of the Army Corps 4 (Photo: VNA)

Binh Duong (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang on January 30 visited the High Command of Army Corps 4 or Cuu Long Corps in Di An town, the southern province of Binh Duong ahead of the traditional New Year (Tet) festival.

The Army Corps 4 was formed in July 1974 during the resistance war against the US. Only five months after its establishment, the corps recorded its first victory in the Phuoc Long Road 14 battle, liberating Phuoc Long province (which is Phuoc Long town of Binh Phuoc province now).

In Spring 1975, it joined hands with other armed units to liberate the south and reunite the county. The unit also fought to safeguard the Southwest border of the country and completed its international mission.

President Tran Dai Quang lauded Army Corps 4 for its close coordination with the local Party Committee and government in building community-based defence.

Noting that the quality and strength of the unit have been improved, he hailed the corps for its effective measures to improve the leading and combat capacity of Party committees, and its active engagement in building the political system as well as socio-economic development, poverty reduction, and new-style rural area building in the locality it stationed in.

As the major force of the Defence Ministry in the southern strategic area, the corps should focus on raising its leading capacity and combat strength, while cooperating with local authorities and other armed units to build defensive areas and design plans to deal with complicated events to ensure independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

He asked the unit to pay attention to Party building and developing a comprehensively strong unit, as well as studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example.

He requested Army Corps 4 to work closely with local authorities to build a strong political system, while reinforcing relations with locals, assisting them in building new-style rural areas, and implementing social welfare activities.

The President also asked the Army Corps 4 to organise Tet festival in a cosy, safe, economical manner and ensure its combat readiness during the traditional event.-VNA