President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held negotiations with President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin.
During the meeting a wide range of issues of the bilateral agenda and ways of further development of traditionally friendly relations between Ukraine and Israel were discussed.
Petro Poroshenko noted the positive dynamics of cooperation development between Ukraine and Israel. "We have a good coordination. I want to thank for the support of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence," the Head of State said.
Reuven Rivlin also thanked Ukraine for supporting Israel in the international arena.
Particular attention was paid to the topical issues of the international agenda, including the issues of conflict resolution in the Middle East and the crisis in Syria.
The parties noted the importance of strengthening political contacts between the two states at the highest level and expressed support for maintaining a high dynamics of bilateral visits in the future.
The interlocutors also commended the agreement on the free trade area, which will be signed between Ukraine and Israel this evening.
"I would like to congratulate our two countries, as today we are going to sign the Free Trade Agreement. For many years, the citizens of our countries have been waiting for this. There were many talks but no results," the President of Ukraine said, adding that this document is very important for economic cooperation between Ukraine and Israel.
The President of Israel also noted the importance of the Free Trade Agreement: "Over the past 25 years, Israel and Ukraine have been developing close cooperation. I believe that this new Free Trade Agreement can deepen these relations even more".
The President of Ukraine called on Israel to facilitate the release of Ukrainian sailors illegally captured by Russia during a treacherous act of aggression in the Kerch Strait.
The Head of State invited President of Israel Reuven Rivlin to pay a visit to Ukraine in 2019.
Source: site of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine