President Victor Yushchenko took part in official lunch by the Leader and Guide of the Libyan Revolution Muammar al-Gaddafi. According to the President`s press-office, at the lunch Victor Yushchenko and Muammar al-Gaddafi exchanged state awards. Victor Yushchenko awarded Muammar al-Gaddafi with an order of Bohdan Khmelnitsky and was awarded an order of the Great Sptember Revolution in return.

In his speech President Yushchenko noted that Ukraine and Libya have a great potential of mutually beneficial cooperation before them. Among promising fields he named oil production, agriculture, ship and airplane building, military, education, tourism and healthcare.

President stressed that thanks to constructive and friendly approach of Mr. al-Gaddafi and Libya’s leadership our countries are able to build a firm partnership aimed into the future. He also greeted Libya with having been elected a non-permament member of the UN Security Council. “We are sure that this event will become a strong push toward strengthening peace, stability and confidence on African continent”, - he said.

From his part Muammar al-Gaddafi expressed expectancies that the visit of Victor Yushchenko “will put a good basis for further relations and strategic partnership between Ukraine and Libya”.