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State leaders foster army’s development on 73rd anniversary

State leaders this week met with officers and soldiers of military brigades as part of events to celebrate the 73rd Lao People’s Army Day (January 20, 1949-January 20, 2022) to show their support for the development of the armed forces.
Party Secretary General and State President Thongloun Sisoulith and his entourage on Tuesday visited the 4th Brigade in Savannakhet province, where he was warmly welcomed by provincial leaders and key personnel from the 4th Brigade, while senior officials from the Ministry of National Defence and provincial authorities also participated in the event.


Political Leader of the 4th Brigade, Brigadier General Somchit Kittiyalath, reported on the brigade’s achievements, in particular the fulfilment of the four major tasks and 26 programmes defined by the Party Committee of the Ministry of National Defence, which had been completed step by step.
This had been undertaken in coordination with provincial and district authorities, aiming for the armed forces to build political foundations and comprehensive rural development, especially among 65 villages and seven districts.
At the same time, the brigade had helped to improve infrastructure as part of efforts to ensure the army had strong aspirations in all respects as well as working to ensure that lives were improved through enhanced self-reliance and self-empowerment.
President Thongloun congratulated the brigade on its many achievements over the years.
In order to meet the political needs of modern times, the Party-Command Committee and brigade personnel at all levels must enhance comprehensive leadership to ensure peace, with a focus on building armed forces with strong political foundations that could counter political dissent and lead the development of a sound ideology, the president said. He also advised the brigade to set goals that would strengthen the army’s principles of hard work and diligence in creating self-reliance, self-sufficiency and self-empowerment, aiming to improve the lives of personnel and veterans on a daily basis.
President Thongloun advised the military to also focus on martial arts and tactical skills so that soldiers were proficient and agile while completing their assigned tasks.
Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Bounthong Chitmany on Wednesday met with officials and soldiers of the 5th Brigade in Champassak province.
The 5th Brigade acts as a mobile force, under the direct supervision and command of the Ministry of National Defence. The brigade is the main force in the implementation of national defence and security work to support the growth of the four southern provinces.
Dr Bounthong said army authorities had achieved many successes over past years and gave a brief outline of the current state of affairs in the world and the region and the ways this affected Laos.
He called on the 5th Brigade to continue to ensure stability in the area and to act as the base for security operations across Champassak province, while also furthering rural development through the creation of housing and development groups, which he said were the basic units of all peace. On the same day, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and his delegation met with officers and soldiers of the 2nd Brigade in Xayaboury province.
The prime minister instructed Party officials and commanders, all staff and soldiers to preserve the revolutionary legacy and to fight on resolutely.
They must not give up no matter how hard they had to fight and no matter how much they had to sacrifice. They must not be afraid, but must respond to the needs of the Party with loyalty, purity of heart, and determination.
“Our army is always dependent on the people, while also doing everything for the benefit of the people with sincere hearts,” the premier said.
In Vientiane, Deputy Prime Minister Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune and his officials paid a visit to the 11th Army Armour Infantry Battalion.
In addition, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith recently met with officials and military personnel of the 3rd Infantry Regiment in Oudomxay province.

By Times Reporters
 (Latest Update January 21, 2022)

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