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President Bashar al-Assad received Wednesday a cable from Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulating him on the Evacuation (Independence) Day.

President Putin said he is confident that a continued bolstering of traditional friendly relations between Russia and Syria and the constructive bilateral cooperation will help ensure stability and security in the Middle East.

President Putin wished President al-Assad health and success and the Syrian people peace and wellbeing.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi received a cable from his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, congratulating him on the occasion.

Medvedev said he is sure that a continued consolidating of mutual, multi-faceted ties between Syria and Russia and developing cooperation of mutual benefits in the trade, economic, scientific, artistic and cultural fields serves the interests of the two friendly nations.

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, for his part, received a congratulation 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, affirming 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.

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SFP from SANA/Ismael – 16/4/2014

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