Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman on Wednesday held a meeting with Speaker of the Knesset of the State of Israel Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. The parties discussed the directions of cooperation between the countries, in particular in trade-economic, investment and technology sectors.
The Prime Minister stressed that the Government is open to investment projects with Israel and offered to discuss the issue at the level of governments: "We are eager to ensure Israeli business having their office in Ukraine. We are ready for maximum coordination and collaboration. Many areas in Ukraine may be interesting for Israeli achievements, technologies," said Volodymyr Groysman.
Ukraine is willing to cooperate with Israel, namely in the economic, cultural and defence domains, said the Prime Minister.
"Strategic cooperation between our countries is great importance”, he stressed. “I prefer we could use most of our opportunities to develop our bilateral partnership."
The Head of Government expressed hope that by the end of next year there would be finalized the preparation and signed the FTA between Ukraine and Israel. "This will open up ample opportunities for deepening cooperation and increasing trade between the two countries", said the Prime Minister.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that he had approved the intergovernmental Agreement on temporary employment that aftermath had been endorsed by the Parliament and signed by the President.
The parties commended the intensity of human interchanges between States, as well as active and systematic work of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups of Ukraine and Israel.
The interlocutors also touched upon the possibilities of recognition of the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people by the Knesset. Volodymyr Groysman stressed the importance for Ukraine of this decision: "This doesn’t concern any other state, it concerns Ukraine and Ukrainians. This tragedy was deliberately created and took the lives of innocent people."
The Prime Minister told his interlocutor that recently in Ukraine there had been held commemorative events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy. Moreover, an initiative to create a large Museum Memorial to the 80th anniversary of the tragedy has been launched.
"We as Government will fully support and trigger the development of a practical plan for the implementation of this project," accentuated Volodymyr Groysman.