Ukraine seeks to expand ties with African countries and began this process even before Russia's full-scale invasion of our territory. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized this during an online meeting with African journalists, in particular with media representatives from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.
"We in Ukraine are changing this policy. And we began to change it before the start of a full-scale war on the part of Russia. Even during the war, I appointed a special representative of Ukraine for the Middle East and Africa. We want to expand our ties. It is very important for us. We also strive to find different areas for investment," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The President noted that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is planning a tour of African countries in the autumn.
"I can't do it now because of the war. I planned it before the war, and I am sure that I will do it after the war," he added.
The Head of State recalled that already after the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, he had phone conversations with the leaders of many African countries.
"We were able to raise this layer, which our diplomacy had previously forgotten about. And I believe that it is a common problem of Ukraine and the countries of the African continent that we did not get closer to each other during the years of independence of our state," said the President.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is convinced that in the future Ukraine and African countries will have many joint economic projects. According to him, our state is ready to be a guarantor of food security in African countries. Ukraine also strives for cultural exchange. In addition, our state has one of the most developed IT industries in the world, a very high level of digital services for the population and is ready to share this experience.
"I believe that the African continent is an underestimated territory, underestimated countries and the potential of people. Because I know how underestimated our region and our people are. And now, due to the blocking of the ports, the whole world saw how much Ukraine has done and how much it can do," the Head of State summarized.