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Speech by Mr. Samvel Arustamian, Chargé d’Affaires of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya at the reception on the occasion of the 27th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and in celebration of the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine
03 September 2018 09:33

Your Excellency Director for Europe & Commonwealth Amb. Jean Kimani

Members of the Kenyan Government and Parliament,

Excellencies Ambassadors and High Commissioners, members of the diplomatic corps,

Distinguished guests,

Шановна українська громадо,

Good evening!

It is a great honor for us to have you all here as we celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine.

It is also momentous that this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian statehood, as it was in 1918 that the first Ukrainian Parliament proclaimed an independent Ukrainian People’s Republic.

These three symbolic occasions are the reason we all gather here tonight, and I am delighted to represent my Government on these festive occasions.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ukraine has always pursued the goal of advancing democracy, ensuring human rights and achieving economic prosperity. Clearly these goals cannot be achieved all alone, rather through developing friendly relations with other states and earning good standing within the international community.

Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Kenya crossed the threshold of only a quarter of a century; still they have been marked by strong political ties, promising field for mutually beneficial cooperation and reliable and trustworthy dialogue within the framework of multilateral diplomacy.

Over the last two years Ukraine and Kenya have witnessed unprecedented dynamics in our bilateral ties that have been manifested across the entire political spectrum.

The first Ukraine–Kenya high-level political consultations held in Nairobi end of 2016 were followed by the visit to Kenya of Ukraine’s business mission, which resulted in increase of bilateral trade compared to previous year by almost 250%.

Last spring’s visits to Ukraine by Kenya’s official parliamentary delegations of National Assembly and of Kenya’s Senate have registered our countries’ practical interests in building bridges between the two parliaments.

Ukraine’s participation on a high level at the swearing-in ceremony of the President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta was a sign of Ukraine’s Government’s commitment to continue the established dialogue.

This year as Ukraine and Kenya celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine H.E. Pavlo Klimkin paid the official visit to the Republic of Kenya, which became the first ever visit to Kenya at the level of a Foreign Minister.

All this proves our mutual dedication to strengthening our political dialogue, promoting different dimensions of our bilateral cooperation and to securing the relations of friendship and partnership on the international arena.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This dialogue is especially important at a time when Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are challenged by the on-going Russian aggression and its expansionist designs.

It is with strong international support that Ukraine is able to overcome the existing challenges and it is through our joint efforts that we can firmly move forward along the path of cooperation continuously enriching it with numerous memorable achievements.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ukraine values its cooperation with Kenya and we are keen to explore potential attractive areas that could be compliant with Ukraine’s Government’s mid-term action plan and Kenya’s Big Four Policy, specifically in trade and economy, agriculture and machinery, health and education.

I am convinced that by ensuring further exchange of high level visits and solid legal framework of bilateral agreements we will make new meaningful contributions to the enhancement of Ukraine-Kenya bilateral agenda.

Ukraine is committed to further deepen the existing cordial relations and to expand these bonds to new areas of cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am also delighted to send my warmest wishes to Muslims around the world, including Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha this week.

As we celebrate this happy occasion here in Kenya, we will also keep in our thoughts and prayers those faithful who are marking this festival in places of conflict and insecurity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would also like to recognize that today is the 15th anniversary following the death of the former 8th Vice President of Kenya Michael Kijana Wamalwa.

A gifted orator and charismatic leader, he fought for democracy and good governance.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me also to address my fellow citizens.

Шановна українська громадо,

Ми раді, що дух українства згуртовує нас, незалежно від того як далеко від Батьківщини ми б не були.

Тішуся тим, що наші спільні зусилля і заходи сприяють зміцненню позитивного іміджу України у непростий для нашої держави час.

Традиційно тримаймося разом і гараздуймо!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I now invite you to join me in a toast,

To the health of President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta,

To the prosperity of the people of Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya,

To everlasting friendship between our two countries,

To the health of all our guests present here,

Cheers!

,

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