Poroshenko, Merkel discuss Ukraine election, Ukrainian-German relations
Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation to discuss the development of relations between the two countries in the future and also cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.
Poroshenko and Merkel focused mainly on the presidential elections Ukraine held on May 25, Poroshenko's press service told Interfax-Ukraine.
Merkel pointed to the importance of a fair and transparent election procedure in Ukraine and congratulated Poroshenko on his victory.
They also paid special attention to the soonest possible settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko and Merkel agreed it would be important to pursue joint programs on creating jobs in the Donetsk area. The parties also discussed the possibility and formats of upcoming top-level meetings.
The German government Web site also said in a statement with reference to its press secretary Steffen Seibert that Merkel and Poroshenko had shared the view that it would be important to continue the process of internal reconciliation and nationwide dialogue in Ukraine in the format of roundtable conferences and the implementation of a constitutional reform.