Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak made the remark in his interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency in Vientiane on July 4. He stressed that the upcoming celebration for the completion of the land border marker planting marks a great milestone in bilateral relations. The project is to build a borderline of peace, friendship, stability and long-term cooperation, as well as to strengthen mutual trust, security and order along the border, he said. It also aims to clearly determine the shared borderline, which is a patrimony for future generations of both nations, he added. Under the project, Vietnam and Laos have upgraded and increased land markers along their entire 2,067-km shared border. According to the Lao official, the completion of the project will foster all-level cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, and gradually improve the livelihood of people living in the border areas. Deputy FM Sangsomsak applauded the two countries’ Border Committees, relevant agencies and local authorities to overcome all difficulties to complete the project on schedule. In addition to the field work, the two sides are rushing to complete legal documents for border demarcation by late 2014, he added. The diplomat called on the two countries’ officials and people to together protect the shared border, making it a symbol of the special friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Laos. He expressed his deep gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support and assistance to the completion of the border marker planting.