The message reads, in part:
”Please accept my warmest wishes on Africa Day, a holiday symbolising the aspirations of the countries on your continent for freedom, independence, peace and prosperity.
This year marks 20 years since the Organisation of African Unity was transformed into the African Union. That change marked the emergence of a multilateral pan-African platform on a qualitatively higher level of interaction in the political, socioeconomic and other spheres.
African states have achieved a great deal together over the past two decades. They have developed mechanisms for a collective response to local conflicts and crises, and are consistently promoting regional integration processes in various formats. Africa enjoys growing prestige on the global stage and plays an increasingly important role in resolving important issues on the international agenda.
Our country has always placed particular emphasis on expanding friendly relations with our African partners. The Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi in 2019 paved the way for expanding fruitful cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally. I am confident that by rallying together, we will be able to ensure the development and implementation of many useful and innovative projects and initiatives in various fields for the benefit of our countries and peoples, in the interests of strengthening security and stability in Africa and around the world.”