President meets with diplomats

16:15, 27 December 2007
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He instated new Minister of Foreign Affairs

President attended celebration of Ukrainian Diplomacy Day which took place today in National Opera, according to the President`s press-office.

During the arraignments President instated new Minister of Foreign Affairs Volodymyr Ohryzko. “I highly appreciate patriotism and professionalism of this man. I am certain that his experience, knowledge and diplomatic skill become a basis for new quality of Ministry’s work”, - said V. Yushchenko about the new Minister.

Greeting Ukrainian diplomats on their holiday President highly evaluated their achievements such as signature of partnership agreements with Russia, the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Ukraine and the EU (PCA), Charter on a Distinctive Partnership with NATO. He also expressed his assurance that Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall further on continue to successfully coordinate Ukrainian foreign policy. “Owning to activity of Ukrainian diplomatic service our state became an important contributor to global stability and security”, - President said.

Speaking about current tasks which national diplomats face V. Yushchenko emphasized that supreme aim of Ukrainian diplomacy must be systematic and pragmatic protection of national interests as well as rights and freedoms of every Ukrainian citizen.

President reaffirmed European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations of Ukraine and pointed out significance of taking new steps in these directions. He also dwelled on the need to intensify cooperation with international global and regional organizations such as UN, Council of Europe, GUAM, BSEC, Community Of Democratic Choice.

“We have a lot of work to do. I am assured that owning to fruitful work of the new government and to our close cooperation we will be able to realize designated plans”, - said V. Yushchenko.

After his address President presented national awards.

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