ADDIS ABABA – President Vladimir Putin has congratulated heads of states and governments of African countries on the occasion of Africa Day 2021, according the Russian embassy in Addis Ababa
The day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on 5 May 1963. The organization was later transformed into the African Union on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on 25 May.
President Putin expressed his “heartfelt greetings” on the occasion of Africa Day, which has become the symbol of victory for Africa and is being celebrated across the continent today.
“African countries have achieved remarkable success in the social and economic fields and are playing an increasingly important role in dealing with pressing issues on the international agenda.
The African Union and a number of sub-regional organizations help enhance constructive multilateral cooperation and promote mutually beneficial integration processes.”
Putin also said Russia values the friendly relations with its African countries, stating:
“Russia values the traditionally friendly relations with its African partners, unwaveringly supporting their efforts aimed at resolving local conflicts, countering terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and epidemic diseases, as well as addressing other regional and global security challenges.”
The Russia – Africa Summit held in Sochi in 2019 allowed two sides to outline new formats and areas for constructive interstate interaction.
“I am convinced that, building on the agreements reached, we will be able to further expand the network of Russian-African ties – for the benefit of our countries and peoples,” he said.
“I sincerely wish you strong health and success in your state activities, as well as peace and well-being to the citizens of your states”.
Featured Image: Seen in the photo is Putin greeting president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Oct. 24, 2019 (Photo File)