YANGON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and Laos are believed to be able to fortify the friendship and fine traditional relations between the two countries and multi-sectoral cooperation, commented an official daily Tuesday.
The New Light of Myanmar made the comment in its editorial on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Laos.
"During the 55-year diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries, bilateral friendship has been improving very gradually. The two nations are therefore believed to be able to fortify the friendship and fine traditional relations between the two peoples and multi-sectoral cooperation," the editorial said.
"The exceptional relationship between the two countries was founded upon similar religions, cultural and historical backgrounds that they share between the two peoples, " it said, adding that "Goodwill visits of state leaders between the two nations have further cemented bilateral friendship, serving as a driving force behind plans to boost bilateral cooperation based on mutual interest in various sectors including economy and trade".
The editorial underlined that in the course of history of diplomatic ties between the two countries, good neighborly relations have brought considerable benefits to the two peoples.
"Friendly relations and the close and trustful cooperation will be continuously strengthened and enhance 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," it maintained.
The editorial pointed out that nowadays, bilateral cooperation in the regional and subregional frameworks of ASEAN, CLMV, GMS and ACMECS have complemented bilateral relations to bring the two countries even closer.
"Mutual understanding and reciprocal support between the two countries are as a result of the drive to further bolster the bilateral relations", the editorial added.
On Monday, senior leaders of Myanmar and Laos exchanged messages of felicitations to mark the anniversary.
Myanmar and Laos, sharing border of over 230 kilometers, established diplomatic relations in 1955.