At a meeting with the Turkmen ambassador, Zelensky congratulated Atayev on the beginning of his mission in Ukraine and expressed confidence that both sides would take effective steps to further develop mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and Turkmenistan.
"The sides noted the interest of Ukraine and Turkmenistan in intensifying political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries. Special attention was paid to strengthening cooperation in the construction sector. The president of Ukraine expressed hope that the spread of COVID-19 would not obstruct plans to strengthen the bilateral dialogue and handed over an invitation to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to visit Ukraine," the statement reads.
At a meeting with the newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to Ukraine, the parties discussed the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, emphasizing the importance of further expanding trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
"Volodymyr Zelensky reaffirmed Ukraine's readiness to remain a leading supplier of food and agricultural products to the Palestinian market. The parties noted with satisfaction the successful development of cooperation in education and Ukraine's significant contribution to training national personnel for Palestine," the President's Office said.
In a conversation with the Portuguese ambassador, Zelensky thanked for Portugal's consistent support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the EU's sanctions policy against Russia.
The president said that Portugal was an important partner of Ukraine in cooperation with the EU and NATO and expressed hope for effective cooperation with the Portuguese presidency of the EU in the first half of 2021.
Zelensky stressed the potential for increasing bilateral cooperation, in particular in the trade and economic sphere. He expressed hope that the joint Ukrainian-Portuguese commission on economic cooperation would continue its work as soon as it is possible to do so.
According to the statement, the parties noted the important role played by the Ukrainian community in Portugal in building relations between the two countries. Zelensky praised cooperation with the Portuguese side in meeting the cultural needs of the Ukrainian community in Portugal. He also expressed hope for a full and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of Ukrainian citizen Ihor Homeniuk at the Lisbon airport and the prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy.
In addition, Zelensky congratulated Akhundova on the beginning of her work in Ukraine. The president noted the dynamics and practical content of the Ukrainian-Azerbaijani strategic partnership. He praised the friendly gesture of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the entire Azerbaijani people regarding the humanitarian aid provided to Ukraine on May 21, 2020 to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
The head of state stressed the traditionally effective cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan on the international stage and noted the need to provide additional impetus to cooperation between the two countries in the GUAM format.
During the meeting, the parties stressed the importance of further strengthening the trade, economic and investment components of bilateral cooperation, in particular through the practical implementation of investment projects in Ukraine with the participation of Azerbaijani businesses.
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