January, 21 2014 09:10:00

President extends New Year greetings to border guards in capital city

President Truong Tan Sang visits the Viet Nam Border Guard High Command's headquarters in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang wished the nation's border guards a happy Tet (Lunar New Year) yesterday when visiting the Viet Nam Border Guard High Command's headquarters in Ha Noi.

President Sang also inquired about preparations for the Tet festival in the border areas, while talking with officers from several border posts over the phone.

Further, he reminded officers and soldiers to remain united in defence of their people.

Border guards were also urged to have a thorough grasp of the Party's political guidelines on implementing defence tasks, expanding external relations and to help people with socio-economic development programmes, especially those in border areas, to improve their lives.

Last year, the Border Guard provided consultations for the Defence Ministry on issues related to territorial sovereignty and borders, and coordinated with other forces in addressing problems on the sea, as well as participated in aid relief operations and search and rescue activities.

The force also reformed administrative procedures on entry and exit management, tackled 11,000 law-violation cases and arrested 20,000 offenders involved in drug smuggling, human trafficking and trade fraud.

The Border Guard also asked for assistance from the Party and State to upgrade equipment to serve patrols, manage border markers and control entry and exit activities in the years ahead.

Presidential praise

The same day, Sang also met with representatives from the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations (VFUA), on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since its establishment.

At the meeting, Sang praised the federation for its development and achievements over the past 20 years in the fields of education, culture and science, which contributed to the general development of the country.

Sang requested that the federation continue its activities to promote the image of Viet Nam, its culture and people to international friends to foster a deeper understanding of the strong spirit and the sense of the hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

The Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations, after 20 years of operation, has grown to an official membership of nearly 10,000 people. — VNS

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