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Dmytro Kuleba and Gaby Ashkenazi discussed free trade between Ukraine and Israel
15 June 2020 21:01

On June 15, 2020, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held the first telephone conversation with the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Gaby Ashkenazi.

Mr. Kuleba congratulated his Israeli counterpart with the appointment to the high post of the Head of the Foreign Service of the State of Israel.

The Ministers agreed to maintain friendly personal relations, further develop trade between the two countries, keep a high level of political dialogue and continue mutual support in international organizations.

At the request of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel assured that the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Israel should be ratified by the new Knesset of Israel in the coming weeks.

Dmytro Kuleba invited his Israeli counterpart, who had never visited Ukraine before, to pay a visit to our country as soon as circumstances allow. Gabi Ashkenazi accepted the invitation. In turn, Dmytro Kuleba accepted the invitation of his Israeli counterpart to pay a working visit to the State of Israel.

Factsheet:

● The new Israeli government was sworn in on May 17, 2020.

● Ukraine and Israel maintain an active political dialogue. On May 25, 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in the phone conversation congratulated the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on the appointment of the new Israeli Government. On June 4, 2020, the next round of political consultations between the foreign ministries of Ukraine and Israel took place.

● In 2019, the total trade turnover between Ukraine and Israel amounted to 1 billion 116.3 million USD.

● The Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the State of Israel was signed on January 21, 2019. The Ukrainian side completed the ratification procedures on August 6, 2019; its ratification by the newly elected Knesset (Parliament) of the State of Israel is expected in the nearest future.

● According to experts, the full functioning of the Free Trade Agreement will double the trade turnover between the countries in a short perspective.

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