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16:41 24 Aug 2021

World leaders congratulate Zelenskyy on 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received congratulations from the leaders of the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other countries on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

Congratulations were published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

In particular, US President Joseph Biden, in his letter to the President of Ukraine, noted that Ukrainian history was full of aspirations for independence, from the time of Volodymyr the Great to the present day.

"Today we see a new generation of Ukrainians doing everything possible to protect freedom: from determined soldiers defending the country against Russian aggression in the east to reformers in government and civil society fighting long-standing corrupt networks, eating out Ukraine from within," Joseph Biden wrote.

He noted that Americans and Ukrainians shared the desire for a happy and prosperous future, peace, and unlimited opportunities for all, and assured of the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We'll continue to assist and support Ukraine in its efforts towards Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We'll stand by Ukraine as it implements reforms that will eradicate corruption, strengthen the rule of law, grow economically, and work together to protect human rights and democracy in the entire region," the US President stressed.

He assured that today the ties between the two countries were stronger than ever, and reminded that he would be happy to welcome President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Washington at the end of August to "continue to build the partnership between our countries and increase the progress we've made together."

"I wish you and the people of Ukraine a joyful celebration of Ukrainian independence," said Joseph Biden.

On behalf of the German people, President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated the President and all citizens of Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of independence.

"Germany is helping Ukraine in solidarity to preserve its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and on many levels is in favor of ending the suffering of Ukrainians living in the east," the German president said in a letter to Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

He added Ukraine could continue to count on Germany's support in overcoming the extremely great challenges it faces.

"I wish you and your compatriots a lot of strength, perseverance in boldly carrying out the necessary and partially initiated reforms in the state, economy, and society and, if necessary, in their consistent implementation despite constant resistance. I was glad to meet you in Berlin in July and hope that we will be able to continue our conversation shortly," Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, the President of Germany wished health to Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his family, as well as peace, freedom, and prosperity to Ukraine.

The best wishes for the personal well-being of the Head of State and a peaceful future for Ukraine were conveyed by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen.

"Austria was one of the first countries to recognize Ukraine's independence. We also hope for the positive and dynamic development of the already existing excellent bilateral relations and the continuation of regular cooperation in the future. In this regard, I would like to thank you once again for the good negotiations during your visit to Vienna in September last year," Alexander Van der Bellen said in his congratulatory letter.

In a telephone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on August 24, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett congratulated Ukraine on its significant anniversary.

The President of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II also congratulated the President on the Independence Day of Ukraine.

"I hope that after a difficult year, we will be able to overcome global health challenges and move towards a better future," said Her Majesty's congratulatory message.

On the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden conveyed sincere congratulations and best wishes of happiness and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.

In his congratulatory letter to the President of Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said: "I am very pleased to congratulate you on the Independence Day of your country, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Please accept the best wishes for the well-being of the people of Ukraine."

His Majesty also wished the Ukrainian government and people strength, courage, and health in overcoming the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the world.

The King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also congratulated Ukraine on the anniversary.

"On the occasion of celebrating the anniversary of your country's independence, we are pleased to send you, Your Excellency, our sincere congratulations and best wishes for good health and happiness, and the government and people of friendly Ukraine, sustainable progress and prosperity," the King of Saudi Arabia said in a letter.

In his greeting address to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi conveyed the warmest congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of the anniversary of independence to the "friendly people" of Ukraine.

"Reaffirming my gratitude for the long-standing friendly ties between our two friendly countries, I would like to express my sincere interest in working together to open new horizons for cooperation in all sectors for the future development and progress of our two friendly peoples," Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi wrote.

The warmest congratulations on the occasion of Independence Day and wishes to the friendly Ukrainian people of further progress and prosperity were addressed to Volodymyr Zelenskyy by King of Morocco Mohammed VI.

"I appreciate the special relationship based on the close friendship and mutual respect of our countries. We in the Kingdom of Morocco look forward to strengthening these ties and bringing our cooperation to a new level that meets the aspirations of our peoples," His Majesty said in a letter.

On behalf of the Kenyan people, President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the President, Government, and People of Ukraine on the occasion of Independence Day.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Ukraine for organizing the first charter flight from Ukraine on the route Kyiv – Mombasa on April 17, 2021. This is evidence of good relations between Ukraine and Kenya as we look for ways to intensify trade and tourism cooperation," Uhuru Kenyatta said in his congratulatory letter.

He assured of his readiness to continue strengthening joint relations between Ukraine and Kenya, which will increase the benefits of fruitful cooperation between the two countries, as well as bring it to a higher level.

The President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel Aoun, the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon, the Captains-Regents of the Republic of San Marino, Giancarlo Venturini and Marco Nicolini, as well as leaders of other countries also sent their congratulations on the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

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