This was announced by First vice Prime Minister of Ukraine after the ceremony of laying flowers at the monument to Taras Shevchenko, which took place as part of Khoroshkovskyi's working visit to the U.S., in Washington DC on July 31, 2011.
First Vice Prime Minister stressed that Taras Shevchenko has long become one of Ukraine's symbols as Kyiv, Dnipro, wide fields and Carpathian Mountains. "His artistic heritage - a foundation on which we build a strong and independent Ukrainian state," he stressed.
According to Khoroshkovskyi, Taras Shevchenko - a figure who is equally revered not only in all parts of Ukraine but throughout the world where there live Ukrainians.
"That's why today we honour the Kobzar [poet] here in Washington. Respect for his personality has long time ago crossed the borders of our country. And the celebrations on the occasion of 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko, which we commemorate in 2014, to be held in all countries where living Ukrainians," First vice Prime Minister of Ukraine declared.
The meeting was held in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall and was filled with a friendly and sincere spirit. The two counterparts discussed a wide scope of issues, ranging from bilateral Ukraine-Canada relations to the working conditions of the Embassy of Ukraine.
The two counterparts noted a special character of Ukraine-Canada relations. Minister Kenney drew attention to the fact that Ukraine remains to be among 20 countries of focus for Canadian technical assistance; Ukraine and Canada continued negotiations on free trade agreement; the recent visits to Ukraine of Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of International Cooperation, delegation of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, as well as of Minister Kenney himself on March 1-4, 2013.
During discussion of interaction between Ukraine and Canada on international arena the counterparts have agreed that agricultural production, in particular within the framework of joint efforts on ensuring global food security, is one of the most perspective directions.
During the meeting they agreed that strengthening the rule of law and creation of a powerful middle class remain to be one of the pressing tasks for Ukraine.
They discussed Ukrainian and Canadian foreign policy as well as state and perspectives of the bilateral relations.
A particular attention was paid at economic and resource potential of Ukraine and Canada.