The President’s message reads, in part:
“Please accept my heartfelt greetings on Africa Day, a holiday that embodies the unity and solidarity of the peoples on your continent, their commitment to independence, peace and prosperity.
African nations confidently stride along the road of socioeconomic and technological progress, and play an ever increasing role in addressing issues on the international agenda. Multilateral cooperation in various areas is expanding and mutually beneficial processes are advancing within the African Union and other regional and sub-regional structures.
Russia renders comprehensive support to our African partners’ efforts in settling local conflicts and crises, countering terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and cross-border crime, as well as other challenges and threats to regional and global security.
I am glad to note the friendly constructive nature of relations between our countries. I am confident that the Russia-Africa Summit as well as the economic forum to be held in Sochi in October will contribute to the sound development of these relations and allow us to outline new forms of fruitful cooperation.
I sincerely wish you good health and every success in your work and extend my wishes of peace and wellbeing to the peoples of the African continent.”