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     23.03.2004

Speech at a ceremony for presentation of credential letters March 23, 2004

President Vladimir Putin:

Good day, gentlemen,

I am very happy to welcome you to the Kremlin.

I want to wish you success in your mission in Russia. I am sure that interesting work awaits you, years full of vivid impressions and important business. You are presenting these credential letters right after the Russian Presidential elections. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leaders of your countries, and all our partners and leaders, the political, public and cultural figures of nations, for their warm congratulations sent to me. For me and my colleagues, it is particularly important that the majority of letters and telegrams express warm feelings and wishes for Russia and its people.

Our priorities in international affairs remain unchanged. The Russian Federation will continue to be an active, responsible participant in international processes. We will continue open, honest policies in dealing with our neighbours and the entire international community.

The recent tragedy in Spain was yet another reminder of the necessity for solidarity and unity. Only together can we overcome international terrorism, and solve other global problems. And so Russia will continue to play an active part in solving all of these problems on the basis of international law, and under the aegis of the United Nations. We will actively work with all our partners. And this fully applies to the nations that you represent, gentlemen.

We are linked by long-standing tradition with the Sudan, one of the largest nations in Africa. We sincerely wish this country and its people will soon complete domestic regulation, peace and prosperity. We will continue to do everything we can to strengthen Russian-Sudanese ties in the most diverse areas

In conclusion, I would like once again to wish you interesting and fruitful work in Moscow. I am sure that your Russian colleagues will do everything to make sure that the goals you set yourselves, as you begin your work in the Russian capital, will be reached.

I wish you and your families all the best.

Thank you very much for your attention.

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