Khalifa, Ukraine President hold talks

Discuss bilateral relations and cooperation

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan held on Monday a round of talks with the visiting Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych over mechanisms of boosting bilateral relations in areas of economy, investment and tourism and increasing two-way trade exchange and investment opportunities, tapping potentials both countries can offer to elevate joint cooperation for the best interest of the two friendly countries.

The two presidents also exchanged views on a broad range of issues of mutual concern and latest regional and international developments.

Sheikh Khalifa said during the talks, which were held at Al Mushrif Palace in the presence of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that the UAE was keen to further strengthen its bonds with Ukraine, hoping that bilateral relations would see broader cooperation.

The UAE President also expressed hope that the visit of the Ukrainian head of state would boost UAE-Ukraine relations of friendship and cooperation and would open up new avenues of joint cooperation.

For his part, the Ukrainian President Yanukovych said he was delighted at visiting the UAE and meeting President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. He lauded the UAE achievements in various walks of life, which he noted, had earned it a prominent standing at regional and international arena, thanks to the wise stewardship of Sheikh Khalifa.

He also expressed Ukraine's sincere interest to extend bridge of joint cooperation, and create more promising opportunities for economic, tourist and investment cooperation.

Both the UAE and Ukraine, he noted, possess encouraging potentials for constructive partnership that will serve mutual interest and bring benefits to the two friendly peoples.

Sheikh Khalifa and his guest, the Ukrainian president, attended ceremonies for signing a series of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding.

UAE Minister of Justice Dr. Hadef Al Dhaheri and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Lavrynovych signed three treaties on legal mutual assistance on criminal matters, legal mutual assistance on civil and commercial matters and extradition of criminals.

An air transport services agreement was inked by UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansouri and Chairman of Ukraine's State Aviation Authority Anatoly Kolisnyk.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Dmytro Tabachnyk, Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in higher education and scientific research.

A memorandum of understanding between the UAE General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, and Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports, was signed by Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports.

A number of Sheikhs, ministers, top officials and members of the delegation accompanying the Ukrainian president were present at the signing ceremony.

The eventual day was concluded by a lunch banquet hosted by Sheikh Khalifa in honour of his Ukrainian counterpart and his entourage.

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