HA NOI (VNS)— State and Government leaders yesterday conveyed warm Tet (Lunar New Year) greetings to a wide cross-section of society including Catholics, staff of the Viet Nam Red Cross and the Ha Noi Police.
|President Truong Tan Sang visited the Ha Noi Police on the occasion of Tet, and called on them to improve their skills and professionalism in actively preventing and fighting all kinds of crime.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang|
President Truong Tan Sang visited the Ha Noi Police on the occasion of Tet, and called on them to improve their skills and professionalism in actively preventing and fighting all kinds of crime.
He praised their achievements, saying they have contributed to ensuring political stability, national security and social order.
The President also visited the Northeastern Mobile Police Regiment under the Ministry of Public Security yesterday.
He applauded the mobile police forces for fulfilling their 2013 tasks, particularly in providing security for major national and international events held in the country.
The mobile police force had also dealt with economic, drug-related and other kinds of crimes, he said.
He wished them a happy Tet and asked them to continue working towards ensuring security and social order during the festival.
Next, Sang visited the Viet Nam Red Cross and said it should continue developing and extending its reach, particularly to remote, mountainous and border and island areas this year.
They should also focus on increasing community-based humanitarian activities, disseminating information on important issues among the youth, promoting co-operation with relevant ministries and agencies and taking part in disaster prevention and control activities, he said.
At a reception for a delegation of the Episcopal Council of the Catholic Church of Viet Nam, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Party, State and authorities at all levels had always paid attention to creating favourable conditions for religious activities in accordance with the law.
He said all religions were equal before law and the State respected and protected the freedom of belief, but no one was permitted to violate the right or take advantage of the right to break the law.
Wishing the council's dignitaries and parishioners in general a happy New Year, he voiced his hope that Catholic followers would make more contributions to the country's construction and protection as well as fostering national unity.
The country overcame many challenges and difficulties to reap comprehensive success in socio-economic spheres in 2013, Dung said, saying Catholics had made active contributions to the effort.
Over the past years, Catholic followers had abided by the policies, guidelines and laws of the Party and State and actively engaged in the country's socio-economic development, poverty reduction and humanitarian activities, he said.
Bui Van Doc, the council's President, was thankful for the good sentiments and attention of the Party and State to the council's operation as well as the activities of the Catholic community.
Catholics would play a more active role in the country's socio-economic development, join hands with people across the country on the path ahead and lead good secular and religious lives, he pledged.