Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, while on a working visit to Australia, met with the Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester.
There took place an extremely fruitful exchange of views on common approaches and differences in the functioning of social, psychological and medical rehabilitation systems in Ukraine and Australia.
The parties discussed the existing conditions and possibilities for further professional development of military servicemen after they are discharged.
Apart from that, the sides also touched upon the possibility of establishing the Ministry of Veterans Affairs in Ukraine. "Today we are fully aware of the need to create the Ministry of Veterans Affairs The best practices of Australia and, in particular, its Ministry for Veterans’ Affairs in the rehabilitation and social adaptation of military veterans would be incredibly important to us", the vice Prime Minister stressed.
"It is important to have a profile institution that would resolve problems of veterans with integrated approaches to physical, psychological and social rehabilitation", the Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs emphasized.
The Vice Prime Minister thanked the Australian Government for a staunchest and consistent position regarding Ukraine as well as for the strong support of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of our state. "I would like to praise the participation of the Australian side in the prosthetics projects in Ukraine. I hope that cooperation in this area will be continued", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze underscored.
Darren Chester serves as the Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs since 5 March 2018. Darren Chester also serves as the Minister for Defence Personnel and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC. He has been a member of the House of Representatives for Gippsland in Victoria, representing the Nationals since 2008.