The message reads, in part:
“Please accept my warm greetings on Africa Day, a remarkable holiday symbolising aspirations of the people on the African continent for freedom, peace and unity.
Over the decades of independent development, African countries have achieved significant success in social and economic issues. The African Union as well as other regional and sub-regional associations promote mutually beneficial integration, and improve coordination in resolving local conflicts and crises.
Russia has noted with satisfaction the growing role of the African states in international affairs. We support their efforts to build a just democratic world order, act against terrorism, extremism, trans-border crime, other threats and challenges to regional and global security.
I would like to confirm Russia’s readiness to further expand the traditionally friendly ties with our African partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally in various formats. We are also ready to continue to take an active part in programmes assisting Africa organised by the UN, G20 and BRICS.”