President Victor Yushchenko and his Georgian colleague, Mikhail Saakashvili, on Thursday took part in a ceremony to unveil a monument to the prominent Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli in Kyiv, according to the President`s press-office.

      In his speech, Yushchenko said it was better “to pen and formulate modern politics and modern truths together.” “Today Ukrainians and Georgians feel their alikeness. Both nations value freedom. Both nations are European and have been creating and passing on these values through generations,” he said.

      Saakashvili described the event as a “historic fact.” “Our friendship is not the friendship between the presidents of Ukraine and Georgia. Our friendship is the friendship between the nations,” he said.

      Today’s ceremony is part of Yushchenko and Saakashvili’s agreement to enhance cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia. Last March, President Yushchenko unveiled a monument to Taras Shevchenko in Tbilisi.