Today the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is on a state visit to Israel. Within the visit on December 22-23, Ukrainian President will hold negotiations with the leaders of Israel, will meet with Israeli business representatives and public, Ukrainian diaspora and volunteers. The President of Ukraine will address the Israeli Knesset Members. Being the Honorary Consul of Israel in Ukraine, I was invited to participate in a number of official meetings.

Today the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is on a state visit to Israel. Within the visit on December 22-23, Ukrainian President will hold negotiations with the leaders of Israel, will meet with Israeli business representatives and public, Ukrainian diaspora and volunteers. The President of Ukraine will address the Israeli Knesset Members. Being the Honorary Consul of Israel in Ukraine, I was invited to participate in a number of official meetings.

At the moment the President and his wife Marina Poroshenko already visited the Holocaust memorial complex "Yad Vashem". They also plan to visit the Mount Herzl and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Besides, the President of Ukraine has already met with the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin. "I have come as the president of the country which fights for its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity everyday. Ukraine and Israel are currently facing serious problems. The most important issue is to protect the country from external threats" Mr. Poroshenko admitted.

The President of Israel thanked the Ukrainian people for the great contribution of immigrants from Ukraine in the development of Israel. In turn the President expressed his admiration for the patriotism and courage of the Israelis who protect their sovereignty everyday.

The Ukrainian President also expressed hope that the number of Israeli investments in the Ukrainian economy will grow in the future and assured the President of Israel that Ukraine is ready to help Israeli companies to enter the market of our country. The presidents of the two countries reaffirmed their common interest in developing bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, scientific, technical, tourism and humanitarian spheres.

The Head of Ukraine thanked the President of Israel for providing financial and medical assistance to Ukrainians who suffered during the Revolution of Dignity and the ATO.

Today the State of Israel is one of the strategic partners of Ukraine. Our countries are interested in mutual development of relations at the state level. That is why I believe that the current visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to Israel will be a catalyst for the next round of development of relations between our countries!