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Syrians Divided over Anniversary of French Withdrawal

Syrians Divided over Anniversary of French Withdrawal

Sunday, 18 April, 2021 - 05:30
Officials at the event at the Hmeimim base. (SANA)

Syrian President Bashar Assad received cables of congratulations from several leaders on the 75th anniversary of the French withdrawal from the country.

Two Syrian ministers took part at an event marking the occasion at the Hmeimim Russian air base.

The withdrawal on April 17, 1946 signaled the end of the French mandate over Syria.

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayoub vowed during the event at Hmeimim to force the "Turkish and American occupiers" from the country.

He thanked the Russian troops for hosting the event, noting its "rich symbolism". He also underscored the Russian leadership's "keenness on celebrating the Syrian National Day at the Hmeimim base."

This demonstrates the strength of our bilateral relations, he remarked, while vowing to continue the joint efforts to combat takfiri and armed terrorism, which threatens the security and stability of all countries without exception.

The Syrian people are still "valiantly persevering despite the siege and sanctions and until the great victory - that is the defeat of terrorism and withdrawal of every last occupier - is achieved," he declared.

Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik sent a cable to Assad, wishing him the "sincerest of congratulations" and hoping that the Syrian people will restore stability in their country, reported the state news agency SANA.

It added that Assad also received a similar cable from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who wished the Syrian people "progress and success." He also expressed a hope to bolster bilateral relations between Damascus and Tehran in all fields.

Opponents of the regime criticized the Hmeimim event, noting the contradiction of it being held at a base held by foreign forces.

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