10:02 23.08.2018

Pope Francis, leaders of foreign states congratulate Ukraine on 27th anniversary of independence

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Pope Francis, leaders of foreign states congratulate Ukraine on 27th anniversary of independence

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is receiving congratulatory telegrams from the leaders of foreign countries in connection with the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, the presidential press service has reported.

"The heads of state wished prosperity and well-being to the friendly people of Ukraine, and also expressed a firm commitment to strengthening friendly ties and cooperation with Ukraine in favor of mutual development and prosperity," the presidential press service said on Wednesday evening.

The head of state and the people of Ukraine were congratulated by King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf, and King of the Belgians Philippe.

The Ukrainian president also received Independence Day congratulations from Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

"On the occasion of the national holiday, I am happy to express warm wishes of peace and prosperity to the Ukrainian people on behalf of the Italians and on my own behalf. Peace, stability and prosperity in your country remain our sincere desire and a deed, which we faithfully support in the framework of the efforts made in this direction by the international community. The implementation of the Minsk Agreements is a goal that must be pursued in the interests of Ukraine and all of Europe in a true spirit of cooperation and political will," the Italian president said.

Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, and Captains Regent of San Marino Stefano Palmieri and Matteo Ciacci also sent congratulations on Ukraine's Independence Day.

Pope Francis also sent congratulations to the Ukrainian people and the head of the Ukrainian state.

"On the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, I convey my sincere congratulations to you, Your Excellency, and to citizens of Ukraine. I hope that the desire to find a solution for the benefit of peace, for which the people are aspiring, will bring positive results for the whole country, especially for residents of regions affected by the conflict," the letter of congratulations says.

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