President Peres will hold a series of diplomatic meetings with the Ukrainian leadership. An investment protection agreement will be signed to encourage bilateral trade.

 President Peres to leave on an official visit to the Ukraine


President Peres is greeted by Ukrainian President Yanukovych (Photo: GPO/Moshe Milner)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

President Shimon Peres will leave on Tuesday, 23 Novemebr 2010, for an official state visit to the Ukraine which will take place from November 23-26. The trip comes at the invitation of Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and is meant to foster relations with the Ukraine and strengthen cooperation in the areas of diplomacy, economy, and technology. At the request of President Yanukovych this is the first official state visit of a head of state to the Ukraine since he took office in February. President Peres will be accompanied on the visit by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

During the visit, President Peres will hold a series of diplomatic meetings with the Ukrainian leadership including President Yanukovych and Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn. During his discussions President Peres will raise a host of diplomatic and political issues concerning relations between the countries. 

Additionally, the President will present the Israeli position on preventing Iran from achieving nuclear capability and relations between Israel and the Palestinians.

During the visit President Peres will hold a joint press conference with the Ukrainian President. An investment protection agreement will be signed to encourage bilateral trade. Recently an agreement was signed which cancelled the need for visas when travelling between Israel and the Ukraine. The agreement goes into effect this February.

President Peres will be received by his host in an official ceremony with the Ukrainian honor guard. The President will also attend an official state lunch honoring the Israeli delegation at President Yanukovych’s Presidential Palace. 

While there President Peres will represent Israel is a series of media interviews with the Ukrainian and international media.  In addition he will also hold a series of public diplomacy events including a town hall meeting with hundreds of political science and diplomacy students, and will speak at the Prime Minister’s Policy Forum for 300 of the country’s leading Government Ministers, Parliamentarians, and opinion leaders.

During the short visit, President Peres is expected to participate in ceremonies and events that exemplify the historical connection between the Jewish and Ukrainian peoples. These events include a visit to Babi Yar, site of one of the worst massacres in world history where 100,000 people were murdered, half of whom were Ukrainian Jews. The memorial service at Babi Yar will include Government representatives, Holocaust survivors, righteous gentiles, and representatives of the Jewish community of Kiev. In addition the President will participate in major events in Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk with hundreds of participants from the Jewish communities there.

In addition to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Member of Knesset Alex Miller, who serves as the chairman of the Israel-Ukraine parliamentary friendship association, will join the delegation.