Deputy Chief of the General Staff Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan attended and spoke at the event.

Over the past time, party committees and chains-of-command of Military Region 7 and its affiliated units have well carried out missions determined in the resolution; studied, accurately evaluated the situation, and made effective recommendations to higher levels; issued strategic guidelines and measures on protecting national sovereignty and security in border areas; strengthened bilateral and multilateral external affairs; successfully hosted foreign relations activities in the region; consolidated friendship and boosted defense ties with other countries.

Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan speaking at the conference

Over the past ten year, Military Region 7 and localities have allocated VND 560 billion for external defense relations activities. Notably, the military region has applied different measures and creative models to protecting sovereignty over land border in the new situation; fostered both bilateral and multilateral external defense relations activities; hosted the Defense Ministry’s important foreign relations activities in the region; provided both material and spiritual support for Laos, Cambodia, and Cuba; worked with other forces to effectively handle defense and security issues in border areas; invested in building border patrol road; accelerated the search and collection of remains of fallen soldiers. These efforts have contributed to raising the role and position of Vietnam and the military in international arena.

Speaking at the conference, Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan praised Military Region 7 for its outcomes in implementing the resolution over the past ten years. He emphasized that the military region is a spotlight in the military’s defense diplomacy and requested its Party Committee to continue to thoroughly grasp the Party’s guidelines, the State’s policies, and the Central Military Commission and Defense Ministry’s directives on international integration and defense diplomacy; foster information dissemination to strengthen people’s trust in the Party, military, authorities to fight against wrongful allegations; pay attention to building a contingent of officers with professional competence and good command of foreign languages; closely follow and accurately forecast regional situation. 

Delegates at the conference

At the event, delegates delivered reports clarifying Military Region 7’s strengths and shortcomings in carrying out the resolution and proposed measures to enhance the quality of international integration and defense diplomacy in the coming time. 

Translated by Tran Hoai