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Dmytro Kuleba and Augusto Santos Silva agreed to develop trade and investment between Ukraine and Portugal
26 May 2020 21:48

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic of Augusto Santos Silva.

The parties paid special attention to strengthening bilateral investment cooperation and trade.

"We are set to provide maximum assistance to Ukrainian and Portuguese companies to establish ties, sign mutually beneficial contracts," emphasised the Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

Augusto Santos Silva expressed full support for efforts to develop investment and trade between the two countries, and invited Dmytro Kuleba to pay a visit to Portugal as soon as the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

The Portuguese Foreign Minister assured of his country's further support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders, and the continuation of EU sanctions against Russia.

Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude for the unequivocal position of Lisbon and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation between the two countries in the UN, Portugal's support for Ukraine in the EU and NATO. Augusto Santos Silva assured that Ukraine can count on such support from Portugal.

The Ministers exchanged experiences of their countries in combating the spread of the COVID-19 and overcoming the effects of the pandemic, as well as information on government measures to return to daily life.

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine expressed hope for a full and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of a citizen of Ukraine in March 2020 at the airport of Lisbon and the prosecution of those responsible for his death.

The Portuguese colleague assured of the commitment of the Portuguese authorities to a full and impartial investigation into the tragedy and to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

For reference: 

On July 10-11, 2017, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic of Augusto Santos Silva paid an official visit to Ukraine.

In 2019, the bilateral trade turnover between Ukraine and Portugal amounted to about US$ 377 million, (+ more than 13% comparing to 2018). Exports amounted to more than US$ 288 million (increased by more than 14%), and imports - more than US$ 88 million (increased by about 12%). The trade surplus for Ukraine is almost US$ 200 million. 

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