The Consulate General of Ukraine was opened in Edmonton - the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin took part in the opening event, the press service of the department reports.
"This is a solemn event, by which Ukraine recognizes the special role played by the Ukrainian community in the west of Canada, and opens the door for trade and investment contacts," the minister said.
After the opening ceremony, Pavlo Klimkin personally congratulated the first visitor of the consulate general - two-year-old Danil, who received a document on the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship.
In the province of Alberta, there are more than 350,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent. The newly formed Consulate General will work for other provinces of western Canada - Saskatchewan, British Columbia, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
"This is a pragmatic decision: it is based on geography and on the powerful business potential that is present in Alberta, but this is an emotional decision also: we are repaying the debt to the Ukrainians of Prairie who built Canada for generations, preserving the dream of an independent Ukraine," said the Ambassador of Ukraine in Canada Andriy Shevchenko.
The Consulate General in Edmonton was the first that Ukraine opened after the beginning of Russian aggression. By this time, the Ukrainian embassy in Ottawa and the consulate in Toronto worked in Canada.
Previously, Klimkin said that Canada will provide Ukraine with more than $ 7.5 million for humanitarian assistance.
Before that, Poroshenko discussed with the Canadian Foreign Minister the aggravation of the situation in Donbas, and also noted the important role of Ottawa in promoting the UN resolution on human rights in Crimea.