YANGON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Top leaders of Myanmar and Laos Monday exchanged messages of felicitations to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council ( SPDC) Senior-General Than Shwe said in his message to Lao President Choummaly Sayasone that over the past 55 years, Myanmar and Laos have been able to nurture the brotherly and neighborly relationship based on equality, mutual respect and trust, friendship and cooperation in good faith.
"The exceptional relationship between our two neighboring countries was founded upon similar religious, cultural and historical backgrounds that we share between our two peoples," he said.
He underlined that the recent visit of Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh to Myanmar had added a strong impetus to further enhance the existing friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and the two peoples.
In exchange for the message sent by Than Shwe, Lao President Choummaly Sayasone said the two countries' traditional good friendly relations and neighborly and sincere cooperation have been enhanced in various fields, bringing concrete benefit to the two peoples.
He expressed strong belief that with their bilateral joint efforts, the friendly relations and the close and trustful cooperation will be continuously strengthened and enhanced for mutual benefit of the two countries, thus contributing to the cause of peace, stability and cooperation for development in the region and the world at large.
On the occasion, Myanmar SPDC Vice-Chairman Vice Senior-General Maung Aye and Prime Minister U Thein Sein also exchanged similar messages of feliciattions respectively with Lao Vice-President Bounnhang Vorachith and Laos Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh.
Both Myanmar and Laos are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.