The message reads, in particular:
“In Russia you are well-known as an authoritative African leader and a persistent supporter of developing the traditionally friendly Russian-African relations. I am convinced that as head of the African Union you will not only give additional momentum to deepening political and economic integration as well as strengthening peace and stability on the continent, but that you will also help expand the ties between the Union and Russia.
We note with satisfaction the increasing role that African states play on the international stage and their aspirations to make a contribution by developing consolidated approaches towards resolving today's key questions. We welcome the African community's active efforts towards forming a basis for collective security, including their own peace making structures.
I would like to emphasize that our country is interested in developing cooperation on multiple levels with African states and improving our cooperation with the African Union, the leading international organization on the continent. In the future we are going to actively participate in the international community's efforts to help implement the programme the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), including during Russia's G8 presidency.”