Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich speaks at the meeting.

General Lich, Politburo member and Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission, made the compliment at the 18th conference of defense attaches held on August 30 in Hanoi to review the defense attaché work in the 2016-2018 period and map out missions for the 2018-2021 period.

General Lich highly valued the defense attaches’ thorough implementation of the Party’s and State’s foreign policies as well as defense external affairs in the current period and stressed their timely reports on political developments, moves and elements, precise anticipation of the regional and international situations as well as strategic events to give timely suggestions to the leadership of the Party, State and military on making policies and dealing with defense relations issues to avoid negative strategic surprise.

The Defense Minister said that through well-organized diplomatic receptions, Vietnamese defense attaches in the host countries have partly popularized the images of Vietnam, its people and military, raised the country’s status and prestige as well as gained support from international friends for the national construction and protection cause.

Groups and individuals with outstanding achievements in defense external service in the 2016-2018 period receive awards.

He also asked the defense attaches  to continue to embrace comprehensively and realize the Party’s standpoints and guidelines on defense relations, to focus on building a politically-healthy contingent of professional defense attaches who have a good command of foreign languages and are clear-headed in staff work and flexible in situational handling.

The contingent of defense attaches were requested to become more receptive to new ideas and have a proper understanding of the intensive international integration while being active and creative in disseminating foreign relations work in diverse forms, contributing to promoting the efficiency of the defense external service in the current period.

At the meeting, General Lich presented awards to numerous groups and individuals with outstanding achievements in the 2016-2018 period.

Translated by Mai Huong