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01 april

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message to Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community Stergomena Tax on the occasion of the organisation’s 40th anniversary

Madam Executive Secretary,

On behalf of the Foreign Ministry and on my own behalf, I congratulate you on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Southern African Development Community, which is one of Africa’s largest and most respected associations.

We commend the community’s successes in advancing political and economic integration, and in maintaining peace and security in southern Africa. We note their importance and relevance in the context of the goals and objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063.

Taking into account the memorandums of understanding signed between Russia and SADC on the basic principles of relations and cooperation and on military-technical cooperation, Russia is committed to strengthening political dialogue and cooperation with SADC in a number of priority areas, including trade, the economy, investment, research, technology and culture.

I would like to express my confidence that the existing format of partnership between Russia and SADC will be beneficial for promoting the entire range of our ties.

Allow me to wish your influential organisation further success in its work in the interests of ensuring peace and stability, well-being and prosperity of the peoples of southern Africa.

SERGEY LAVROV

Moscow, April 1, 2020