(Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko today (Wednesday, 21 July 2010) signed a reciprocal visa cancellation agreement between the two countries.
At the signing ceremony, FM Liberman stated that the agreement is the result of close and fruitful cooperation as well as an expression of the good and stable relationship between the two countries. FM Liberman added that it is no secret that the visa cancellation issue caused an argument in the government, but the positive results of the visa nullification agreement with Russia, which doubled the number of Russian tourists to Israel, and the good relationship with the Ukraine were the reasons behind the successful conclusion.
FM Gryshchenko said that this is an important agreement and a great step forward in the promotion of bilateral cooperation in many other spheres as well.
In a meeting held prior to the signing ceremony, which was attended by Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov, the three ministers discussed methods of reducing airline ticket costs and the promotion of the establishment of a bilateral free trade zone. MOT Misezhnikov announced the opening of a Ministry of Tourism branch in Kiev, aimed at promoting tourism to Israel.
Additional issues were discussed during the meeting, including regional security issues and the Iranian nuclear program.