Africa Day Celebrations
On May 26, the Cultural Centre of GlavUpDK hosted an Africa Day reception on behalf of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps in Moscow Rogerio Araujo Adolfo Herbert, Guinea-Bissau's Ambassador. Taking part in it from the Russian side were representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma and the leadership of a number of agencies and organizations, and members of academic, business and social circles.
On May 25 President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev sent a congratulatory message to African Heads of State and Government on the occasion of Africa Day and this year's 50th Anniversary of the Year of Africa, which was read out by Foreign Minister Lavrov at the reception.
The message, in particular, emphasizes the sustained character of Russian-African cooperation, the increasing role of the states of the continent in the international arena, and their striving to contribute to strengthening global security and developing concerted approaches to key issues of our time.
The Russian Head of State expressed confidence that the time-tested Russian-African partnership will continue to flourish, multilaterally as well as on a bilateral basis. A high appraisal was also given to the moves of African states to bolster peace and stability, and to create conditions for sustainable development of the countries of the continent.
For his part, Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps Herbert read out a message of greetings from the African Union leadership on the occasion of Africa Day noting the friendly nature of Russian-African cooperation on a wide range of issues of the international and regional agenda, and reaffirming the commitment of the African community to strengthen many-sided cooperation with Russia.
May 28, 2010