Unofficial translation from Russian
Russian President Vladimir Putin Sends Congratulatory Cable to South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki on the occasion of his 60th birthday
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory telegram to South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
The cable reads in part:
"People in Russia know you as an outstanding statesman who has won respect in the world, and sincerely wish you success in your responsible work at the post of President of the Republic of South Africa.
"Well known are your efforts to deepen the integration of African states and to ensure their stable development. In the context of international assistance in the attainment of these goals - including from the United Nations, G8,
specialized organizations and institutions - Russia will continue to build up the dynamics of its mutually beneficial constructive partnership with the countries of the continent.
"I am confident that the relations of friendship and fruitful cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa will continue to be strengthened for the good of the peoples of our two countries."
The President of the Russian Federation also congratulated Thabo Mbeki personally during the telephone conversation that took place tonight.
The Kremlin, Moscow, June 18, 2002
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