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Mr Medvedev also sent Mr Klaus a message of congratulations on his 70th birthday.
The message reads, in particular:
“Accept my warmest wishes on your 70th birthday.
Over many years now, your professional work and public and political activities have earned high praise within your country and abroad. The Czech Republic’s achievements in establishing a modern democracy, resolving social and economic problems, and ensuring steady growth in people’s prosperity fully reflect your considerable influence as a prominent statesman.
There can be no exaggerating your personal contribution to steadily developing ties between Russia and the Czech Republic based on the traditions of good-neighbourliness and mutual respect. My visit to the Czech Republic in December will most certainly give us the opportunity to continue our constructive exchange of views on current bilateral and international affairs. I am sure that both countries have an interest in strengthening our political, trade, cultural and humanitarian ties, which are the guarantee that our multifaceted partnership will continue to deepen.
I hope that we will continue our efforts to develop our countries’ considerable bilateral cooperation potential for the good of our peoples and in the interests of peace, stability and development throughout Europe in general.”