President Tran Dai Quang visits Military Region 1 hinh anh 1Military Region 1 officers and soldiers welcome President Tran Dai Quang (Source: VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has requested the Military Region 1 armed forces to raise vigilance and constantly improve their combat readiness and strength as hostile forces are taking advantage of ethnic and religious issues to undermine the great national unity and sabotage the Party and State.

The Military Region 1, established on October 16, 1945, encompasses six northeastern provinces of Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Lang Son, with a combined population of nearly 6 million belonging to 25 ethnic groups. Among these localities, Cao Bang and Lang Son share the borderline of 564km with China, with 1,108 border markers, 27 border guard stations, and seven border gates.

Visiting the Military Region 1 on December 18 on the occasion of the 73rd founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army, the President applauded efforts as well as victories and achievements of the Military Region 1 over the past 73 years.

He stressed the strategic position of the region, and required the Military Region 1 to keep close watch of the situation in order to timely give advice to the Central Military Commission and Defence Ministry on military and defence tasks in the region. The military region should also coordinate with ministries and agencies in crime prevention, and contribute to protecting the national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

He also required the Military Region 1 to pay attention to building strong Party organisation and armed forces, while working together with local Party committees and authorities to strengthen the grassroots political system.

On this occasion, the President offered incense at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument House at the Thai Nguyen province Party Committee’s headquarters, and the Monument dedicated to Company 915 Voluntary Youths in Thai Nguyen city.-VNA