President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a meeting with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas.
The Head of State noted the special role of France and Germany in resolving the situation in east Ukraine, in particular in the framework of the Normandy format.
"I would like to once again express gratitude to President of France Emmanuel Macron for congratulations on winning the elections and for the meeting before I became President of Ukraine. Also, I would like to express gratitude to the German side for having a very substantive conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the priority tasks in east Ukraine, the end of the war, the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The parties exchanged views on the preconditions and further steps aimed to intensify the negotiations on Donbas. The Head of State also emphasized that his priority was to return all Ukrainian captives.
For their part, the leaders of the foreign policy departments of France and Germany noted the progress of Ukraine in developing cooperation with the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance, and confirmed their willingness to further promote the European and Euro-Atlantic policy of our country, as well as the reforms.
In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed willingness to visit France and Germany at the invitation of the leaders of these countries.