President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy received credentials from Ambassador of Turkmenistan Toyly Atayev, Ambassador of Palestine Hashem Hassan Dajani, Ambassador of Portugal António Machado and Ambassador of Azerbaijan Elmira Akhundova.
During a meeting with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan, the President congratulated Toyly Atayev on the beginning of his mission to Ukraine and expressed confidence that both parties would take effective steps to further develop mutually beneficial Ukrainian-Turkmen cooperation.
The interlocutors noted the interest of Ukraine and Turkmenistan in intensifying political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries. Particular attention was paid to strengthening cooperation in the construction industry. The President of Ukraine expressed hope that the spread of COVID-19 would not hinder plans to intensify the bilateral dialogue, and extended an invitation to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay a visit to Ukraine.
At a meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador of Palestine to Ukraine Hashem Hassan Dajani, the parties discussed the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, emphasizing the importance of further expanding trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy reaffirmed Ukraine's willingness to remain a leading supplier of food and agricultural products to the Palestinian market. The parties noted with satisfaction the successful development of cooperation in the education sector and Ukraine's significant contribution to the training of national personnel for Palestine.
In a conversation with Ambassador of Portugal António Machado, Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked for Portugal's consistent support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the EU's sanctions policy against Russia. The President said that Portugal was an important partner of Ukraine in cooperation with the EU and NATO, and expressed hope for effective cooperation with the Portuguese leadership in the Council of the EU in the first half of 2021. Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the potential for increasing bilateral cooperation, in particular in the trade and economic sphere. He expressed hope that the joint Ukrainian-Portuguese commission on economic cooperation would continue its work as soon as possible.
The parties noted the important role played by the Ukrainian community in Portugal in building relations between the two countries. The President praised the cooperation with the Portuguese party in meeting the cultural needs of the Ukrainian community in Portugal. Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed hope for a full and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of Ukrainian citizen Ihor Homeniuk at the Lisbon airport and the prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Ukraine Elmira Akhundova on the beginning of her work in our country. The President noted the dynamics and practical content of the Ukrainian-Azerbaijani strategic partnership. He praised the friendly gesture of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the entire Azerbaijani people regarding the humanitarian aid provided to Ukraine on May 21, 2020 to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the traditionally effective cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan in the international arena, and noted the need to provide additional impetus for cooperation between the two countries in the GUAM format. The parties emphasized the importance of further strengthening the trade, economic and investment components of bilateral cooperation, in particular through the practical implementation of investment projects in Ukraine with the participation of Azerbaijani business.