Zelensky, Switzerland’s Cassis talk preparations for Conference on Reforms

Zelensky, Switzerland’s Cassis talk preparations for Conference on Reforms

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with Ignacio Cassis, Vice President and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.

That’s according to the President’s Office, Ukrinform reports.

The interlocutors discussed preparations for the 5th Conference on Reforms in Ukraine, which will be held on July 4-5, 2022, in the Swiss city of Lugano.

"We are very much looking forward to the Conference on Reforms in Ukraine, which will take place next year in your native canton of Ticino," said Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing Ignacio Cassis.

As noted, special attention was paid to bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

"Switzerland is an important trade and economic partner of Ukraine. We are interested in further attracting large-scale investments and implementing promising projects," the head of state stressed.

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One of the most successful projects currently being implemented in Ukraine is the project by Stadler Rail AG for the modernization and production of urban and suburban rail transport. It is set to be implemented in a number of cities across the country, the report says.

The interlocutors praised the implementation of the project initiated by the Swiss side to manufacture in Ukraine artificial lung ventilation devices. The special importance of their joint production was noted, in particular, given the next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing.

The parties paid considerable attention to the implementation of cultural projects aimed at promoting Ukraine.

"Our goal is to make the Ukrainian language sound close to other languages ​​of the world in the most significant cultural and historical places," Volodymyr Zelensky said.

The president thanked Ignacio Cassis for the significant humanitarian assistance provided by Switzerland to our country, in particular to Ukrainians on both sides of the line of demarcation in eastern Ukraine.

As reported, Switzerland intends to gather up to 700 participants in the 5th International Conference on Reforms in Ukraine.

Photo: President's Office


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