Russian President Mr Vladimir Putin yesterday congratulated Zimbabwe on attaining 38 years of independence and expressed hope relations between the two countries would blossom in line with his thrust to strengthen security and stability in Africa.

The solidarity message came ahead of today’s 38th independence anniversary celebrations being held under the theme “Zimbabwe @38: Social-Economic Restoration and International Re-engagement”.

The country became independent on April 18, 1980 after a 14-year liberation struggle against the minority Smith regime.
Mr Putin said relations between Russia and Zimbabwe had traditionally been of a friendly nature and should expand to other spheres.

“Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” said President Putin.

 “I am confident that the Russian-Zimbabwe relations based on the good traditions of friendship and mutual respect will further develop in all spheres for the benefit of the peoples of our countries in the interests of strengthening security and stability in the African continent,” he said.

Mr Putin wished President Mnangagwa good health and success.
“I wish You, Dear Mr President, good health and every success, as well as peace and well-being to all the citizens of Zimbabwe,” he said. state media