Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this in a statement on the occasion of Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Today, we celebrate the close people-to-people connections, cultural ties, and values that unite Canada and Ukraine. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship as we advance our shared priorities and we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Trudeau stressed.
He recalled that over 1.3 million Canadian citizens are of Ukrainian descent. “Through their unique culture, traditions, and language, members of the Ukrainian-Canadian community continue to make Canada a better place, every day,” the PM said.
At the same time, Trudeau noted that this year has been difficult for people of both countries. “The Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 tragedy and the COVID-19 pandemic have taken the lives of so many Canadians and Ukrainians, and changed the lives of countless others. The COVID‑19 pandemic has had significant economic, health, and social impacts on both of our people. These challenges serve to remind us of the importance of solidarity and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of Ukrainians and Canadians," the PM summed up.
As reported, Ukraine received Independence Day greetings from the presidents of the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, the Prime Minister of Canada, as well as Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II and other world leaders.
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