On December 31, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba congratulated the people of the Republic of Abkhazia on the New Year.
In a few moments, it will be the new year of 2019.
In these moments, we are full of faith and hope for the fulfilment of good wishes, and the implementation of our ideas and plans.
In outgoing year, we have succeeded in achieving positive results in vitally important spheres. With support from Russia, and also by relying on our own resources, we have continued the refurbishment of social facilities in the towns and districts of Abkhazia, including schools, kindergartens and healthcare institutions. We invest significant resources in the development of agriculture, road infrastructure and the water and electricity supply of our villages.
Agreements have been signed with the Russian Federation that expand the possibilities of providing our citizens with preferential medical services. Care for the social needs of people has been and continues to remain our priority task.
The official recognition of our state by the Syrian Arab Republic became a breakthrough in foreign policy. I am confident that diplomatic efforts in other fields will also be successful.
The scale of events which were dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Victory and Independence of our state have clearly demonstrated that our people are proud of their achievements, history and freedom, for which thousands of lives of the brave defenders of Abkhazia have been sacrificed.
We will do everything in our power to preserve peace, harmony and stability on our long-suffering land, and to ensure the further gradual development of the state.
I am confident that in 2019, we will be able to give a new impetus to the implementation of the socio-economic and legal reforms that have already been started and to the improvement of the lives of our citizens.
Be happy, dear compatriots! May all your wishes come true. May you be healthy and prosperous. Happy New Year!