Vietnam, Laos deepen bilateral ties
Vietnam will do its utmost, together with the Lao people, to continue developing bilateral ties in a deeper, more practical and effective manner.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed this at a reception for Lao Minister of Public Security Thongbanh Sengaphone in Hanoi on December 22.
PM Dung expressed his pleasure at the fine development of the Vietnam-Laos special relationship which he said is an invaluable asset of the two Parties, two States and two peoples.
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The Government leader spoke highly of the close cooperation between the two Ministries of Public Security, saying these efforts have made practical contributions to strengthening solidarity.
He assured his guest that the Vietnamese Government always supports intensive cooperative activities between the two ministries, especially in the sharing of experience and information on security protection in each country, mutual assistance in personnel training, and coordination in protecting border security.
For his part, Minister Thongbanh Sengaphone stated that his ministry will closely coordinate with its Vietnamese counterpart in implementing cooperative activities as well as new programmes.
He expressed his hope that the Lao Ministry will receive continued support, cooperation and experience sharing from Vietnam in training cadres and ensuring security and order, while hosting international conferences.
He suggested the two sides further coordination in fighting transnational crime and drug trafficking as well as maintaining border security and order.
President chairs talks about judicial reform
President Truong Tan Sang yesterday, Dec 22, presided over the third meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform in Ha Noi.
The meeting was held to discuss two projects related to reforms of criminal procedure and shifting the People's Procuracy to the public prosecutor's office.
Delegates heard a representative from the People's Procuracy speak on the progress being made in finalising the two projects. Members voiced their opinions over the need to clarify the rights and responsibilities between the investigation office and the People's Procuracy, and the need for a legal framework to oversee criminal judiciary activities.
The President instructed the People's Procuracy representative to take the ideas expressed at the meeting and continue working on the two projects, which will soon be submitted to the national steering committee.
Vietnamese ambassador presents credentials to French President
On December 22, Vietnamese ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung presented his credentials to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, along with other diplomats from 21 nations in different continents.
The French President expressed his delight at the fine development of Vietnam-France relations in recent times, wishing that these ties will continue grow and flourish. Mr Sarkozy recalled his good sentiments towards Vietnamese land and people and said he will visit Vietnam in the near future.
Ambassador Dung conveyed many greetings and invitation from State President Truong Tan Sang to Mr Sarkozy to visit Vietnam.
Vietnam and France have long established the ties of friendship and cooperation and their leaders are keen to build a strategic partnership for mutual benefits. Vietnam is looking forward to closer and more effective cooperation between the two nations, Mr Dung said.
As planned, ambassador Dung will present his credentials in Portugal on January 10 and in Monaco on February 9.
Vietnam Army Day celebrated in Laos
The Vietnam Defence Attaché Office in Laos hosted a meeting in Vientiane on December 21 to mark the 67th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (December 22).
Among the invited guests was Lieut. Gen. Sengmouane Sayalat, Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Political Department of the Lao People’s Army.
Addressing the function, Vietnam’s Defence Attache to Lao Colonel Nguyen Phu Hai highlighted the Vietnam People’s Army achievements in the cause of national defence and construction during the past 67 years.
Hai expressed sincere gratitude to international friends and the State, Army and People of Laos in particular, affirming Vietnam will further strengthen the solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the States and armies of the two countries.
Former Vietnamese volunteer soldiers honoured
Thirteen representatives of former volunteer Vietnamese army and expert forces that supported Laos during the war were honoured in Ha Noi yesterday.
The representatives received Isala Orders, the first Order of Laos, and Orders of Victory, presented by Lao Ambassador to Viet Nam Xomphon Sychaleun.
The honours were in recognition of their contribution to the cause for national liberation, construction and development of Laos.
"Their feat of arms and contributions play an important part in strengthening the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the Party, Government and people of the two countries," the Ambassador said.
"The presentation also expresses Laos' gratefulness to the valuable assistance given to Laos's by the Party, Government and people of Viet Namin general and the volunteer soldiers in particular over the past years," he said.
Cryptography Law enacted to protect confidentiality
The State President has signed into law the Cryptography Law which was passed last month by the National Assembly.
Cryptography is the practice and study of techniques for secure communication and is related to various aspects in information security such as data confidentiality, data integrity and authentication.
Introducing the law, Major General Tran Nguyen Binh, head of the Government's Cryptography Division, said it was a law in the field of national security that regulated the cryptography practices.
"Cryptography involves encryption and relevant solutions to safeguard the State's confidential information under the absolute, direct and all-aspect leadership of the Party and the coherent management of the State," he said.
Binh said to prepare for an effective enforcement when the law came into effect on February 1 next year, the Ministry of Defence was compiling an implementation plan to submit to the Prime Minister.
Vice president pays Xmas visit to Thai Binh
State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan praised the contributions made by religious followers, including Catholics, to Thai Binh province’s development achievements during a visit on December 22.
She made an analysis of opportunities and challenges of Vietnam in 2012 and said local Catholics should join hands with people from all social strata to build the bloc of great national unity and better implement Party guidelines and State policies, contributing to local and national development.
The Vice President wished all local priests and Catholics in a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Bishop Nguyen Van De of the Thai Binh Diocese said he will do his utmost to encourage Catholic followers to take part in exemplary role model campaigns, lead a religious and secular life, and practise the religion in line with the State law.
On this occasion, vice president Doan presented gifts to 10 poor Catholic families in the diocese.
The same day, the President of the Vietnam fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Huynh Dam paid a Christmas visit to the Thanh Hoa diocese, about 140km from Hanoi.
He noted that over the years local Catholics have actively participated in exemplary role model campaigns launched by the VFF to build their homeland.
He expressed his hope that archbishop Nguyen Chi Linh, head of the Thanh Hoa diocese, and his Catholic followers will make a greater contribution to the national unity bloc to build Vietnam into a strong nation and an equitable, democratic and civilized society.
VFF President Dam presented flowers and gifts to archbishop Linh and Catholic representatives.