For Ukraine, Israel is an important partner in the Middle East, and the Free Trade Agreement opens up new opportunities for expanding bilateral cooperation. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the meeting with President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog in Kyiv.
"Israel is our great friend and partner in the Middle East in political, security, trade, economic and humanitarian terms. At the same time, I think the potential of our bilateral cooperation has not been depleted. And the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement opens new opportunities for it," the Ukrainian President stressed.
The President noted that the Agreement is already working: for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the volume of mutual trade in goods is growing.
"This gives us confidence in the full recovery of trade and excess of these indicators, indicators before COVID-19," added Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Head of State also expressed confidence that the volume of Israeli direct investment in Ukraine has great growth potential.
"The latest technologies and innovations, cybersecurity, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, space programs, banking and finance, construction and agriculture are just some of the promising areas for the development of investment cooperation between our countries. Ukraine is waiting for Israeli investors, and the government and I personally guarantee the protection of all investments," the President of Ukraine stressed.
Also, according to him, our state is interested in studying and using Israel's significant experience in the field of innovation.
"Israeli companies can take advantage of Ukraine's enormous potential, Europe's new technology hub," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
For his part, the President of Israel thanked the President of Ukraine for friendship.
"I am confident that in the future our countries will improve and deepen the existing cooperation. Our countries share a common vision in a number of important areas, including economics, technology, science, energy, agriculture, healthcare, tourism and more. The future of relations between our countries looks more promising than ever," said Isaac Herzog, wishing Ukraine a happy 30th anniversary of independence.