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.
The counterparts exchanged their views on the next steps in the development of Ukraine-Canada relations. A particular attention was paid at the plans of the sides to deepening of political dialogue, development of democracy and the rule of law, broadening trade and investment cooperation etc.
Attention was also paid at the facilitation of visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens. A well-known fact is that in 2005 the Government of Ukraine lifted visas for Canadians who would like to travel to Ukraine.
In the context of Canadian Chairmanship in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Minister Kenney elaborated on the tasks and objectives that are lying before Canada. Counterparts discussed the ways for intensification of international efforts on recognition of Holocost and other genocides, including Holodomor, interaction within the Alliance, in particular through a closer Ukrainian engagement into its activity.