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Congratulations to President of South Sudan Salvatore Kiir Mayardit

July 9, 2011

Dmitry Medvedev sent a message to President of South Sudan Salvatore Kiir Mayardit congratulating him on the state’s independence.

The message reads, in part:

”The results of the referendum on self-determination held in South Sudan testify that the vast majority of the region’s inhabitants support national independence and sovereignty.

I am confident that the policy of South Sudan’s leadership of establishing and developing friendly relations with the Republic of Sudan and other African states will contribute to maintaining and consolidating peace in Central and East Africa.

Relations between our peoples have a long history, dating back to the emergence and establishment of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. South Sudan’s sovereignty opens the way for bilateral dialogue based on the principles of reciprocal respect, friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation reinforced by successful projects.

The Russian business community has shown great interest in working with South Sudanese partners, including in the development and production of mineral resources, the energy industry and agriculture. Educational institutions of the Russian Federation, drawing on their rich experience of cooperation with African countries in the field of education, are ready to assist in training professionals for the national economy and social sphere.

I hope that our partnership will become an important factor in promoting stability and security on the African continent.“

The message was delivered by presidential special representative for cooperation with African countries Mikhail Margelov.

July 9, 2011