HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday welcomed the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel Veterans Group in Ha Noi and expressed the nation's gratitude for their services.
The meeting marked the 40th anniversary of South Viet Nam Liberation and National Reunification (April 30, 1975-2015) and the 43rd Quang Tri Liberation Day (May 1, 1972-2015).
Dung highlighted the liberation of Quang Tri province as a catalyst for the success of the historic Paris talks as well as the 1975 Spring Campaign which ultimately unified the country.
He said Party and Government have the highest respect for soldiers of the Quang Tri Citadel as well as martyrs and veterans nationwide for the sacrifices they made in the fight for national reunification.
He praised contributions made by the group to local socio-economic development. He urged the group to continue co-operating with relevant agencies in the search for martyr remains and to support disadvantaged members.
In one year, the group has found over 400 martyr remains, raised funds for construction of over 100 houses and presented hundreds of account books to assist poor households manage their finances better.
President Truong Tan Sang yesterday visited the National Defence Academy and spoke to cadres attending a defence-security course.
He was briefed on the education and training work done by the academy, as well as the achievements of past trainees.
He urged the course participants to increase their awareness of the nation's strategy to protect the Fatherland in the new context, firmly safeguard national territorial integrity, and ensure a peaceful environment for the country's development.
"Independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Viet Nam are hallowed and inviolable," Sang said.
He said all citizens should contribute to the cause of national construction and defence. He answered several questions raised by the Academy's staff, lectures and cadets on the mission to protect the country. The President was accompanied by Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence. — VNS