President Victor Yushchenko together with hid wife Kateryna Yushchenko arrived in Ottawa, Canada. There President and his wife were welcomed by the Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, according to the President`s press-office.

The orchestra preformed anthems of the two states, then the officials heard 21 round salute. After welcoming ceremony introduction of the delegations took place.

In his address at the ceremony President Yushchenko praised high level of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Canada adding that Ukraine will always be grateful to Canada for being the first country to recognize its independence. He also thanked Canadians for rendering regular support to Ukraine on international scene.

Speaking about aims of his present visit Victor Yushchenko said: “Main goal of my visit is to give new momentum to our partnership, to broaden horizon of our cooperation, to strengthen and multiply contacts between business groups, regions, communities, and individual citizens of the two great states.”

From her part, Governor General pointed to significance of contribution of the Ukrainian community of Canada on all directions of activity. She also expressed happiness about the achievements of Ukraine on its path towards democracy.