On June 19, 2018, the 11th meeting of Joint Ukrainian-Israeli Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation took place in Jerusalem under the co-chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and the Minister for Environment, Minister for Jerusalem and Heritage of the State of Israel Zeev Elkin.
During the meeting, the sides discussed and agreed upon many topics of mutual interest, particularly in the area of trade and investment, agriculture and water management, energy and communications, standardization and tourism. A Protocol of the 11th Meeting of the Commission was signed as a result of the negotiations.
One of the main outcomes of the visit was the agreement with the higher leadership of the State of Israel at the political level upon the readiness of the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Israel, the negotiations on have been going on for almost 6 years.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also met with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The sides discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all, an upcoming visit of the Prime Minister of Israel to Ukraine.
Pavlo Klimkin also had a meeting with the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, where the subject of the creation of the Autocephalous Orthodox Ukrainian Church was discussed.