Thursday, October 6 2016 18:55 EEST
President of Ukraine: Next year we must sign Ukraine-Israel FTA Agreement
President, Ukraine,  Petro Poroshenko, Israel, FTA Agreement, Kyiv

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Minister of Environmental Protection, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze'ev Elkin. As Head of Israeli part of the Joint Ukraine-Israel Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation, the Minister has informed the President on the results of its regular session held in Kyiv on October 5-6.

Petro Poroshenko has emphasized the importance of deepening cooperation in trade and economic direction and speeding up the conclusion of the bilateral free trade agreement. "The issue of the need for the next meeting of the Commission was discussed during my recent talks with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I am glad the agreements reached are being implemented promptly," the Head of State said.

The interlocutors have also discussed ways to intensify investment cooperation between the states, in particular opportunities for Israeli business due to the large-scale privatization that will be held in Ukraine.

The parties noted successful functioning of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and Israel in the context of trade-economic cooperation development and tourist exchange.

The President of Ukraine thanked the Israeli side for its active participation in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian-Israeli common history required intensive and thorough research. "We need to eliminate Soviet stereotypes that unfortunately have been ingrained in the minds of Israeli society and currently used in the information war against Ukraine," he said.

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