|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hai Phong (Source: VNA)
In a teleconference linking Truong Sa Lon, Nam Yet, and Sinh Ton islands, he conveyed his New Year wishes to soldiers and locals living and working in the Truong Sa island district.
Talking with naval staff, the PM affirmed that the country’s socio-economic achievements in 2018 were partly attributable to the work of the Vietnam People’s Army, including the Navy.
He hailed the force for fulfilling tasks assigned by the Ministry of Defence’s Central Military Commission, conducting search and rescue operations, and supporting other forces and fishing vessels at sea.
The PM wished that the naval force would continue successfully performing the task of safeguarding national sovereignty, fostering internal solidarity, and accomplishing tasks assigned by the Party, State, army, and people in 2019.
They were also required to expand external defence relations and international cooperation, especially with ASEAN member states.