Minister hails role of former Vietnamese military officers

Thursday, 2018-01-11 09:35:52
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Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich speaks at the meeting. (Credit:
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NDO – Retired senior military officials are an important political force and a valuable source of practical experience in the struggle for building the revolution and the army, as well as consolidating the whole people’s defence posture.

Minister of Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich made the statement while chairing a meeting with over 700 former senior military officers in the northern region. The event was held by the Party Central Military Commission and the Ministry of Defence in Hanoi on January 11.

Minister Lich, who is also Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission, informed the delegates at the meeting on the activities deployed in building the people's army, as well as the performance of the military and foreign defensive cooperation in 2017. He affirmed that the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of Defence always acknowledge the merits and valuable contributions made by the experienced senior army officers to army building and national defence.

General Lich expressed his hope that the former high-level military officials would continue to promote the noble traditions of Uncle Ho’s soldiers to contribute to the revolution and the cause of building a strong People's Army capable of fulfilling the tasks assigned to it by the Party and the people.

On the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year, Minister Lich conveyed his best wishes to the former military officials at the meeting.

The meeting is an annual event designed to showcase the fine traditions of the Vietnamese People's Army in expressing the gratitude and trust towards the former senior military officers. It is also a chance for the retired officials to exchange experiences and contribute their ideas to the Party, the State and the army on building national defence and the People's Army in the context of the new situation.

The event gathers over 700 former senior military officers in the northern region. (Credit: