Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, and ministry and sector officials attended the event.

The leader asked the military to be vigilant for sabotage plots of hostile forces, firmly safeguard the national territorial integrity, and do more for the nation building and defense.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the working session. Photo: VGP

He hailed the ministry for devising important strategies and well safeguarding the national sovereignty and security in 2018, saying the military and defense forces play an important role in defending the country on the way to socialism, especially in the context of the current complex world situation.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, hostile forces launched more sabotage activities against the Party, State, and military in 2018.

The Ministry of National Defense worked to study and propose guidelines and legal regulations pertaining to military and defense, and submitted to the Politburo to issue defense and military strategies to protect the national land borderlines as well as the homeland on the cyber.

It has promoted its key role in building the strong people’s defense and the people’s security, thus reinforcing the country’s defensive capacity.

The military has absolute trust in the leadership of the Party, and the management of the country by the State and the Government and its combat readiness has been boosted, the ministry said.

It has implemented soundly the task of enforcing laws at sea and in borderlines; maintained the operation of hotlines and joint patrols with other navies, contributing to safeguarding the country’s territorial, sea and island sovereignty.

Military units have played the key role in search and rescue and post-disaster rebuilding activities, helping with poverty eradication efforts in rural and remote and island areas.

International cooperation in defense has been expanded with more high-ranking visits exchanged, and defense dialogues held, contributing to building trust and balancing the country’s relations with big countries, and raising the country’s and the army’s prestige internationally.

In 2019, the ministry will continue working to improve its research, forecast and assessment capacity to safeguard the national interests, territorial integrity, and peaceful and stable environment for the country’s development.

It will continue to build the people’s defense posture in association with the people’s security, with the focus on remote, rural, island, and border areas.

It will focus on improving its combative power, work closely with other forces to ensure security and order in the country, proactively deal with natural disaster incidents, carry out search and rescue activities, and implement post-war consequence settlement.

The ministry will continue improving the efficiency of external affairs, developing the defense industry, and performing well combined socio-economic development and defense tasks.

Source: VNA