Last Updated on Saturday, 3 February, 2024 at 11:38 am by Andre Camilleri
In Kyiv, Ukraine, as part of his first visit as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg had a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. President Zelenskyy thanked Malta’s aid to Ukraine. He stressed that the friendship between both countries is getting stronger than ever with Malta’s active support in the Ukraine Peace Formula.
Regarding the work of the OSCE in Ukraine, President Zelenskyy requested the help of the CIO to locate citizens detained inside Russia, particularly Ukrainian children.
“This first visit as Chairperson-in-Office emphasises our determined commitment that, as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and also as Malta, the Ukrainian cause remains a priority on the international agenda,” stated Minister Borg.
Minister Borg also visited the Ukrainian villages of Borodyanka, Bucha and Gostomel, where together with the communities there he observed the effects of the Russian aggression.
As part of this inaugural visit to Ukraine, Minister Borg also met with the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba where they continued to discuss in more detail the work carried out through the OSCE program for Ukraine and on which priorities the Ukrainian authorities would like the officials of this program to focus more on to be of greater assistance to Ukraine even in future planned reforms.
Accompanied by Ambassador Marcel Peško, Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, Minister Borg also had the opportunity to be given a presentation of the work that the OSCE officials are doing in Ukraine and expressed his appreciation for the dedication of these officers.