Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man has sent a congratulatory message to President of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane on the occasion of the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962).

Man also congratulated his Lao counterpart on the 40th year of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977).

Since Vietnam and Laos set up diplomatic ties in 1962, the bilateral cooperation has flourished, especially in economy, trade and investment.

To fulfil the target of 4 billion USD in two-way trade by 2020, the two sides will launch new cooperation projects in Laos and assist existing projects, while carrying out the agreement on border and border gate management and the protocol on borderline and national border markers.-VNA