International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to India. Please accept my felicitations on your appointment to this high position. I extend a warm welcome to you and hope that you will have an enjoyable and successful stay here.

India and Ukraine have traditionally shared close and friendly ties. There have been substantial bilateral contacts right since the days of the erstwhile USSR. There is mutual goodwill at the people-to-people level. Indian culture and philosophy have a considerable following in Ukraine. There are several Indian students studying in Ukrainian Institutes and Universities. We are well aware of Ukraine’s strength in heavy engineering and infrastructure related industries. These factors have contributed significantly in the development of mutually beneficial ties.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, we have been able to strengthen our ties through exchange of visits at the political and official levels. Initiation of cooperation between our Parliaments would impart an additional dimension to our political ties.

Though our trade and economic cooperation is satisfactory, there is scope for further improvement in this area. In this connection, the role of the Indo-Ukrainian Joint Commission and Joint Business Council assumes prominence. Our cooperation in the spheres of science & technology and culture is progressing to mutual satisfaction. Indo-Ukrainian Friendship Societies have also helped in creating interest in each other’s culture.

We have watched with friendly interest the democratisation of polity and the ushering of market reforms in Ukraine. Our shared ideals of building up a democratic society has brought us closer. The Indian economy has been growing at a healthy rate and we have emerged amongst the ten fastest growing economies in the world. We must take advantage of these developments taking place in our respective countries that have thrown up new opportunities of cooperation between us.

Indian foreign policy seeks to build a world order that is just, equitable and fair. We believe that such a global order should be based on the principles of democracy, sovereign equality and territorial integrity of States. Unfortunately, we are today confronted with new challenges of international terrorism, narco-terrorism, arms trade, religious extremism and separatism. All these menaces threaten global peace, security and stability. It is necessary for the world community not only to effectively address these dangers but also to eliminate them. India and Ukraine can join hands in this international endeavour in order to leave behind a world that is safer and more secure for generations to come.

Excellency, as you assume your high office in our country, I would like to assure you full cooperation and support of the Government of India on all issues pertaining to our bilateral relations. I also take this opportunity to convey through you my best wishes for the good health and success of His Excellency Mr. Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine and for the progress, prosperity and well being of the people of Ukraine.

Thank you

Jai Hind