The Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a joint briefing with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud and the head of the Ukrainian President Andriy Yermak’s office in Kiev that Ukraine is firmly determined to develop relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia not only at the bilateral and multilateral levels, but also at the regional levels, as well as the joint search for ways to strengthen the position of our country in the southern hemisphere.
Kuleba pointed to the importance of the first visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Kiev since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and said, “We welcome the Minister and express our full commitment to developing our relations… Together, we will explore ways to strengthen our positions in the global south, particularly in Africa”.
Kuleba added, “We see interaction with Saudi Arabia not only at the bilateral level, not only at the multilateral level in the context of the United Nations and other international organizations, but also at the regional level, and we will coordinate our efforts”.
Kuleba added that there are a lot of different tasks ahead of us, but the main thing is that the contacts that President Volodymyr Zelensky has with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud and Prince Faisal bear fruit for both countries.
Kuliba said that two documents were signed today that lay the foundations for developing cooperation on the paths of the Ministries of Reconstruction and the Ministry of Energy.
“Specific areas and directions will be formed, in which new powerful projects will be implemented,” Kuleba predicted.
For his part, Prince Faisal told journalists that officials had signed agreements stipulating how to spend about $410 million in humanitarian aid that the Saudi government had approved for Ukraine last October.
Prince Faisal is the highest-ranking Saudi official to visit Ukraine in thirty years. He met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President Andriy Yermak’s chief of staff, his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, as well as other officials.