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President Vladimir Putin's Message to the Heads of State and Government of African Countries (Unofficial translation)

 

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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".

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Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding developments in Libya

After a protracted confrontation between two competing centres of power in the West and East of Libya, certain positive developments have emerged which give cause to hope that the stalled political settlement process in that country will finally get off the ground. According to media reports, on May 2, representatives of the two opposing camps Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, and Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, had a one-on-one meeting in Abu Dhabi, the first since January 2016.

Judging by reports from different sources, the meeting resulted in fundamental agreements on a wide range of previously  contentious issues in the context of implementing the political Agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco in December 2015 on the parameters of national reconciliation, including setting up a national government and legislative bodies, and defence and law enforcement agencies. This means, in particular, amending the section of the Skhirat Agreement on the distribution of powers between the executive and legislative branches of power, including with regard to governing the united armed forces, as well as restructuring governing bodies including the Presidential Council. An understanding was reached on further steps to normalise the security situation, which presupposes, among others, the disbanding of militias and separate armed groups, and also measures to counter illegal migration.

It was agreed to establish working groups to draft an agreement to formalise the above arrangements. General presidential and parliamentary elections are to be held in the country within six months after the new agreement is signed.

There are reports that Mr Sarraj and Mr Haftar will possibly meet again as early as next week in Cairo.

Moscow welcomes the fact that the Tripoli authorities and the military-political leaders in Tobruk are ready for a constructive dialogue to find mutually acceptable solutions to the key issues of the Libyan domestic agenda – solutions that can get the country out of its protracted political crisis. We hope that the Abu Dhabi agreements will mark a turning point in the Libyan political settlement. This would meet the aspirations of the Libyan people, and also the interests of the whole region of the Middle East and North Africa.

For our part, during our contacts with the Libyan parties we will continue efforts aimed at achieving national accord and creating conditions for the sustainable development of Libya as a united, sovereign and independent nation.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in South Sudan

Over recent days, the South Sudanese capital, Juba, has seen fierce clashes between government forces and the armed opposition, with much loss of life resulting. 

We believe that the parties to this conflict should take urgent measures to reduce the tension and ensure strict compliance with the August 2015 peace agreement settling the conflict in South Sudan. 

We strongly recommend Russian citizens planning to visit Juba any time soon to take into account the risks involved and, if possible, refrain from travelling there at this time.

 

 
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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a reception devoted to Africa Day, Moscow, May 30, 2016

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Friends,

We are happy to welcome you at our annual reception on the occasion of Africa Day.

By tradition, Russian President Vladimir Putin sends messages of greetings on May 25 (as he did this year as well), where he expresses the value he places on the socio-economic transformations in Africa, notes its growing role in resolving the urgent issues of our time and reaffirms Russia’s intention to continue promoting friendship and cooperation with African countries.

 It is hard to overstate the importance of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the predecessor of the African Union, in 1963. This date became a landmark in the efforts of African states to assert themselves as full-fledged participants in the region’s positive socio-economic and political processes. It is common knowledge that Russia has invariably supported the freedom of African nations and has helped them in their devoted struggle for independence and their efforts to get rid of colonial oppression.

 Today Africa is consistently strengthening its positions as a major pillar of the polycentric architecture of the world order that is currently taking shape. Russia supports the efforts of Africa to play the main role in the development of its own continent.

We are pleased to note the positive dynamics of Africa’s political and economic integration, which are a major prerequisite for embarking along a trajectory of stable development. We are interested in further developing ties with African alliances and sub-regional associations. We discussed this in detail at our April talks with Chair of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma.

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President Putin’s Address to the Heads of State and Government of African Countries on the occasion of the Africa Day

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please accept sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Africa Day, a festive day symbolizing the unity and mutual supportiveness of the peoples of your continent, their victory in the difficult struggle for freedom and independence.

          Today, African states are moving confidently forward along the path of social and economic, scientific and technological development, they are playing an ever-growing role in addressing urgent issues on the international agenda. Russia highly appreciates and supports the activities of the African Union, other regional and sub-regional integration associations of the continent aimed at expanding the mutually beneficial multilateral cooperation, establishing an effective crisis response system, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

          We intend to further make every effort to strengthen the relations of friendship and cooperation with African countries, as well as to continue our participation in various assistance programs and projects for Africa implemented under the auspices of the UN, G20, BRICS and other international structures.

          I sincerely wish you good health and every success in your state activities, and peace and well-being to the peoples of Africa.

          Respectfully yours,

Vladimir Putin

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