Africa Day Celebrations
On the occasion of the annually observed Africa Day, President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev on May 25 sent a congratulatory message to the heads of state and government of the African countries.
In particular, the message notes the positive dynamics of Russian-African interaction and stresses the growing role of the African states in the international arena, and their striving to make a contribution to reinforcing global security and building a democratic and equitable multipolar world order and to elaborating concerted approaches towards tackling the key problems of today.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on May 26 held a reception for the heads of the diplomatic missions of the African countries in Moscow. Taking part in it from the Russian side were representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma, the leadership of a number of Russia's agencies and organizations, and academic, business and public circles.
In his remarks the Minister gave a high assessment of the steps taken by African states to ensure peace and stability on the continent, particularly in the formation of their anti-crisis potential.
He noted with satisfaction that Russian-African relations have been acquiring new dynamics recently, along with the intensification of the political dialogue and constructive cooperation of our countries in the international arena, and expressed the readiness of Russia to continue making its contribution in assisting African states under the auspices of the UN, the Group of Eight and other multilateral entities.
Speaking in reply, the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Moscow, the Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone Mrs. Melrose Kai-Banya stressed the traditionally friendly character of relations between Russia and the states of the continent, and spoke for advancing them further in different fields.
On the evening of the same day a reception was held on behalf of Tanzanian Ambassador to Moscow Patrick Chokala (Tanzania is chair of the African Union in the current year).
Commemorative events for this date had earlier been held in the Federation Council and Russian public and academic organizations.
May 26, 2008