Monday, July 11 2016 20:50 EEST
President Petro Poroshenko informed that the issue of visa liberalization for Ukrainians had been discussed during today's Ukraine-Canada negotiations
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Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine and Canada begin consultations on visa regime liberalization for Ukrainians

'We have agreed to start immediate consultations on the visa regime liberalization. I am grateful to the Canadian side for the beginning of this project,' the Head of State said at the joint press conference with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

According to the President, currently the majority of Canadian visas are issued for Ukrainians for the term of passport validity. 'This is already the implementation of the program of cooperation we have initiated,' Petro Poroshenko said. He also added that the Ukrainian party was thoroughly working with Canada to reduce the number of refusals for Ukrainian citizens in obtaining Canadian visas.

In his turn, the Prime Minister of Canada confirmed that that the visa issue was extremely important for Ukrainians and noted that the work in that direction would be substantially increased in order to simplify the process of obtaining Canadian visas for Ukrainian citizens.

'The Free Trade Area Agreement we have signed today will make a significant contribution to the development of investments and business between our countries. Obviously, we expect the increase in the number people who will visit the two countries,' Justin Trudeau said and added that the work over visa liberalization would be intensified in the coming months.

The Ukrainian President thanked Ukrainians from Canada for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries. 'The role of the Ukrainian community of Canada is hard to overestimate. You support us during the war. Your volunteer assistance has been crucial,' Petro Poroshenko said and added that the assistance was important both during the war and on the track of reforms in Ukraine.

As reported earlier by, Poroshenko signs law on reduction of excise tax on pre-owned cars.

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