The Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria has congratulated African Countries for their ‘National Day.’
A statement from the embassy reads in part: “On 25 May 1963, Africa made history with the founding of the Organization of African Unity, which in 2002, changed to African Union.
“This development has brought the Continent together. Since then, Africa Day has been celebrated widely across the world to signify Africa’s identity, unity, independence and freedom.”
The statement further praised African countries for their determined efforts to attain economic freedom and free themselves from foreign domination:
“Today, the continental organization celebrates 55 years of determined efforts for unity among the African people, and socioeconomic freedom from foreign dominion and exploitation.”
The African Union Assembly had declared 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year with the theme:
“Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path To Africa’s Transformation.”
The statement further affirmed that, “Africa is on the march towards a more prosperous future in which all its citizens are empowered to realize their full potential, live with satisfaction and pride about their continent as envisioned in Agenda 2063.”
“Every year, Africa continues to make steady economic, social and political progress. Today, the African countries demonstrate their readiness for future political and economic integration across the continent, as well as increase the political influence of the continent in the world.”
On the relationship between Ukraine and Africa, the statement said, “Ukraine attaches considerable importance to its relations with the African states for building up comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation.
“The importance of the African continent for Ukraine is determined both by political and economic interests. We are confident that establishment of sustained dialogue with all African states will serve as an impetus for exploring new areas of interaction between our countries.
Ukraine was on June 22, 2016 granted the observer status in the African Union. Ukraine reiterated that, it intends to use this medium to enhance their relationship with the AU to advance cooperation and dialogue on a board range of issues.
“Ukraine and the African Union share common approaches towards the top issues of current international life. Ukraine firmly supports greater role of the African Union in both regional and international affairs and shares the main objectives and principles of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
“We stand in solidarity with all African nations on their way to sustainable peace and prosperity. Increased attention to peacemaking and peacebuilding on the African continent is among the main priorities for Ukraine.
“We would like to thank the African states for supporting Ukraine within the UN and other international organizations, and express sincere hope for the continued cooperation and support in the future.
“We need your help and are ready to do our best to step in whenever African countries need Ukraine.
“We wish all peoples of Africa peace and prosperity, as well as to continue sustainable economic, social and political progress.
African countries have a bright future and we will build this future together”
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