The congratulatory message from the Russian President praised the pan-African association’s constructive role in regional and international affairs. It also expressed Russia’s support for the Union’s efforts to resolve and manage crises, as well as its involvement in peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction and ensuring sustainable socio-economic development.
Vladimir Putin emphasised Russia’s interest in further strengthening partnership with the African Union, particularly in international forums such as the UN, the G8, the G20, BRICS and others. He also underscored Russia’s desire to further strengthen its traditionally friendly relations with all African countries in every possible way.
Presidential special representative for cooperation with African countries Mikhail Margelov read out the congratulatory message during the African Union Summit as it opened in Addis Ababa.