On Russian President Vladimir Putin's Message to South African President Thabo Mbeki
The document handed over to the South African President by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, heading the Russian delegation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, notes in part:
"People in Russia value the confidential nature of the political dialogue with your country, and our close cooperation in international affairs - including in questions of ensuring strategic stability, bolstering the central role of the UN and countering terrorism.
"We are disposed towards further coordinating the efforts to surmount the problems of the African continent. The initiating role of South Africa in creating the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) program, and your efforts in forming the African Union, just as the work of Russia within the G8 on the Action Plan for Africa, adopted in Kananaskis, are based on largely concurring basic approaches. This creates new possibilities for joint activity, including in the implementation of NEPAD and the settlement of conflicts on the continent."
President Putin also expressed the belief that the high degree of mutual understanding in the foreign policy domain should be propped up by adequate development of the whole range of bilateral relations between Russia and South Africa: trade-and-economic, scientific-technical, cultural and other.
In conclusion the head of the Russian state noted: "I am confident that by joint efforts we will be able to impart a new impetus to relations between our two states, thus establishing favorable conditions for the practical preparation of our future meeting."
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