State leaders make pre-Tet visits

HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung offered incense yesterday to late President Ho Chi Minh at House No. 67 in the Presidential Palace complex in Ha Noi, prior to the Tet holiday.

The house, located within the Ho Chi Minh historical site, was named after the year 1967, when it was constructed. This is the house in which the President worked and passed away.

Hung also praised the historical site's staff for preserving items related to the late President.

He further told them to work hard to conserve the historical items for future generations, while introducing President Ho Chi Minh's life and career to more people throughout the country, as well as to foreign visitors.

Also yesterday, President Truong Tan Sang visited a museum dedicated to revolutionary prisoners in Nam Quat Village, Phu Xuyen District in Ha Noi.

The special museum was built and managed by Lam Van Bang, a prisoner from 1970 to 1973 in Phu Quoc jail in the southern province of Kien Giang.

With more than 2,000 objects, photos and documents donated by former inmates, the museum recalls stories of former Phu Quoc prisoners of war.

During the visit, Sang said the courage and bravery of soldiers had always been an attribute of the Vietnamese people.

He noted his high appreciation of the effort made by soldiers to open and manage the museum, and expressed his hope that it would sponsor more exhibitions in the future to educate younger generations about the country's revolution.

Sang also suggested that local authorities make it easier for the museum's managers to expand the museum's scale and diversify its activities.

To mark the upcoming Tet holiday, President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan, yesterday visited Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, leader of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha's Patronage Council, along with other Buddhist dignitaries.

Over the past years, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) has been an active member of the Fatherland Front, Nhan stated.

The social activities hosted by VBS's chapters and pagodas have helped disadvantaged people, contributing to the nation's unity, he said.

The Viet Nam Fatherland Front is willing to assist the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha organise Vesak 2014, a celebration of Buddha's birthday in Viet Nam, Nhan said.

The Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue said he hoped the Fatherland Front will consolidate and strengthen the nation's solidarity, tightening the close relationship between the people and the Party and State, in order to achieve greater progress.

Also, Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Education and Popularisation, paid a pre-Tet visit to Brigade 144 under the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army.

Huynh, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee, called on the brigade to partner with the Road and Railway Traffic Police Department and other forces to guarantee safety for all people during the coming national festival.

Huynh also visited officers and soldiers of the Ha Noi Road and Railway Traffic Police Department.

Bidding New Year wishes to the unit, Huynh voiced his appreciation for efforts made by its officers and soldiers in ensuring traffic safety, political stability and social order in the capital.


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