President Bashar Assad on Wednesday received a cable from Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulating him on Independence Day.
President Putin said he is confident traditional friendly relations willl continue to be bolseterd between Russia and Syria and the constructive bilateral cooperation will help ensure stability and security in the Middle East.
Putin wished President Assad health and success and the Syrian people peace and wellbeing.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi received a cable from his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, congratulating him on the occasion also.
Medvedev said he is certain that mutual, multi-faceted ties between Syria and Russia will continue to be consolidated and that cooperation of mutual benefits will be developed in the trade, economic, scientific, artistic and cultural fields to serve the interests of the two friendly nations.
Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Moallem, for his part, received a congratulatory cable from his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. In his letter, Lavrov expressed confidence that the Syrian people can overcome ordeals, restore security and stability and lay the groundwork of prosperity for all citizens in a strong, democratic and undivided state.
Lavrov said that he highly appreciates close cooperation between Russia and Syria on all regional and international issues, confirming that Russia will continue to fully back the inter-Syrian dialogue and work to prevent external meddling in the affairs of the sovereign Syrian state.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer