President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the meeting.

Chairing the first session of the council in the 2021-2026 tenure on December 7, President Phuc stressed the need for a close combination between defence-security and diplomacy, promoting defense and security diplomacy, and safeguarding the Fatherland early and from afar.

The military, public security and related forces need to continue to closely coordinate to effectively implement the guidelines and directions of the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, the Government and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control to ensure the motto of safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the pandemic, he said.

The council's members in a joint photo

It is important to grasp the situation related to economic security of Vietnam and the world, promptly give consultancy to Party and State leaders on guidelines and policies to restore post-pandemic socio-economic development, the President stressed.

Regarding the task of participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations, the State leader asked the military to study and expand the number of participants and target areas, and the public security force to promote training to send officers and soldiers to U.N. peacekeeping missions.

He also urged the continued implementation of cybersecurity and cyber warfare measures and the strict settlement of wrong and distorted information against the Party and State.

Source: VNA