Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday sent a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulating him on the anniversary of Syria's independence.

Iran PressEurope: In the message, congratulating the anniversary of Syria's independence, Putin stressed that Russia supports Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Continuing his message, the Russian President reiterated his country's determination to continue its diligent efforts to ensure Syria's security, stability and reconstruction, and expressed confidence that the continued development of Russian-Syrian relations in various fields is in the interest of the two friendly nations.

Every year on April 17, the Syrian people celebrate the anniversary of the departure of the French colonialists from their homeland. The departure of the last French soldier from Syria on April 17, 1946, is the main reason for naming this day as Syria's Independence Day. 219