Dmytro Kuleba, Marc Garneau discuss priorities for development of relations between Ukraine, Canada

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On February 16, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba held his first phone conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, during which he congratulated him on his appointment. The Journalist reported with reference to the press center of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

The ministers discussed the intensification of interaction between Ukraine and Canada in the political, security, defense, trade, investment and migration spheres.

Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude for the work of the Canadian UNIFIER training mission in Ukraine: “Canada, not in words, but in reality, helps to strengthen the security and defense sector of Ukraine. UNIFIER’s Canadian instructors share important experiences and practices for transforming our military to NATO standards. This is an example of close partners’ cooperation.”

Ministers welcomed the launch of the Ukrainian-Canadian Working Group on Mobility Issues to Strengthen Human Ties. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister offered to hold its first meeting next month and confirmed the interest of the Ukrainian side in concluding a bilateral agreement on youth exchanges.

Kuleba informed his interlocutor about the priorities of the Crimean Platform as a platform for consolidating international efforts to de-occupy Crimea and invited the Canadian side to take part in its inaugural summit this year.

Marc Garneau assured that Canada will continue to steadily support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The parties agreed to start negotiations in the near future on expanding the provisions of the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Canada in the sphere of services and investments.

The ministers paid special attention to the topic of countering coronavirus pandemic and vaccination of the population.

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