Acting State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien present gifts to students of Van Xuan commune.

Present at the event were Acting State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh; Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Commander of the Border Guard Command; and representatives from the Ministries of National Defense and Public Security, and local authorities.

Since the beginning of this year, the Vietnam Border Guard Command has instructed its troops and worked with Son La province’s agencies to hold a number of activities, such as a Vietnam-Laos border friendship exchange, helping border residents to develop socio-economy, building gratitude houses for disadvantaged people, offering free meals for ethnic minority students, presenting breeding cattle, and providing free health checks-up and medicines to policy beneficiaries.

From March 2018, the command sent 200 border guards and 30 police dogs to boost patrols along the borderline, carry out mass mobilization activities, and join hands with other relevant forces to fight against crimes, including drug traffickers across the border.

Concluding the conference, General Chien highly valued the border guards’ achievements and urged them to continuously heighten the local public’s awareness of the law on drug prevention, make efforts in strengthening border patrols, and enhance cooperation and coordination among forces to combat drug crime, to name but a few.

The Vietnam Border Guard Command presented certificates of merit to eight groups with outstanding performances in combating armed drug traffickers across the border.

On this occasion, Acting State President Thinh attended the inauguration of a local authority’s office in Van Xuan commune of Van Ho district, and visited and presented gifts to border guards at the Van Xuan and Long Sap Border Posts.

Translated by Van Hieu