Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on religious dignitaries to play a greater role in mobilising people in forging a sound security in their residential areas.

Phuc was speaking at a conference in the northern province of Nam Dinh on August 26 to review the results of the 20-year campaign involving all from Catholics-inhabited areas to safeguard national security.

He said he expects the dignitaries will continue linking authorities and religious followers and stand on the front line of revolutionary campaigns.

He lauded Catholic dignitaries and followers nationwide for their part in the cause of national construction and defence, saying they are an indispensable part of the great national unity.

Deputy PM Phuc urged ministries and agencies to put religious laws and policies in full place while fostering consensus among different religions, ethnic groups and every walk of life.

There is a must to stamp out illegal preaches, superstitious practices and sabotage of the national interests in the name of religion, he said.

Deputy Minister of Public Security To Lam heaped praise on social models that spread widely in cities and provinces nationwide, citing those to ward off social vices and bring about a peaceful life as examples.

Participants shared experience and discussed how to bring the goodness of the campaign far and wide.

Attending the event were senior officials from 63 cities and provinces together with 175 religious dignitaries and role models in the campaign.-VNA