President Truong Tan Sang on December 4 sent a message of congratulations to the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 85 th birthday (December 5, 1927-2012).

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also cabled congratulatory messages to their Thai counterparts, Yingluck Shinawatra and Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

Also on the day, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association jointly held a meeting in Hanoi to celebrate the Thai King’s birthday.

Under the 66-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand has recorded great achievements in all aspects, especially economics, culture, science and technology.

Vietnam and Thailand have enjoyed good relations for a long time. Two-way trade has continuously increased year after year, reaching 8.2 billion USD in 2011.

Thailand now has 292 FDI projects in Vietnam with a total investment of nearly 6 billion USD, ranking tenth of 96 counties and territories most heavily invested in the country.-VNA