updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017




President Putin: "Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of Africa Day. This important date commemorates the victory of the peoples of your continent in struggle for freedom and independence and symbolizes their wish for unity for the sake of peace, stability, and sustainable development.

African States have made considerable progress in social and economic, scientific, technological and cultural development and are playing an increasingly prominent role in building a just and democratic multipolar world order.

Russia highly appreciates constructive efforts of the African Union and other African regional associations aimed at local conflict resolution and crisis management, as well as at accelerating integration processes on the continent.

I note with satisfaction the relations of friendship and partnership established between the Russian Federation and African States. I would like to confirm that we are ready to further build up multidimensional and mutually beneficial relations, as well as to continue participation in various assistance programs and projects for Africa implemented under the auspices of the UN, G20, and BRICS.

I wish you good health and success in State activity, and peace and well-being to the peoples of Africa".