Ukrainian FM to start African tour on Oct 3

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

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# 03 October 2022 12:26 (UTC +04:00)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, on October 3-12, will make the first tour to African countries in the history of Ukrainian diplomacy, APA reports citing the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

"The key topic of the minister's negotiations will be the consolidation of political support for Ukraine from the countries of the global south against the background of Russian aggression, in particular, the latest attempt to annex Ukrainian territories," Kuleba said.

Other priorities of the negotiations will be strengthening Ukraine's role as a guarantor of global food security, deepening cooperation in the field of education, promoting Ukrainian IT products, in particular the Diia platform, and creating new opportunities for Ukrainian exports using the capabilities of the Nazovni system, the ministry said.

A number of business forums with the participation of leading Ukrainian and African companies are also to be held as part of the visit.

The minister's tour will also be part of preparations for holding a large-scale Ukraine-Africa conference.

The ministry said that the tour is an important element of the African strategy, which was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the instructions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and became a "road map" for the development of Ukraine's relations with the region.