Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to visit Jerusalem soon. He said this after a meeting with the Ukrainian leader on August 19, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“I want to use this opportunity and invite you to Jerusalem. We have already agreed that it would be next week and if not the next week, then very soon. We are inviting you to our capital,” Netanyahu said.
From his side, Zelensky reminded the Israeli Prime Minister that this was his first visit to Kyiv in 20 years, and expressed his hope that the next one will happen sooner.
“You have not been in our country for 20 years. I sincerely believe that your next visit to Ukraine will be sooner, and we will see you often, because Ukraine and Israel are reliable partners and sincere friends,” Ukraine’s President said.
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is on a working visit to Kyiv on August 19. It was reported that he came with a mission of smoking the pipe of peace between Ukraine and Russia. Three weeks before the visit, July 30, Netanyahu met with Israeli bloggers and outlined the purpose of the visit to Ukraine. He said that he could become a mediator for a peaceful settlement in relations between Ukraine and Russia. When one of the journalists reminded the prime minister of the neutrality that Israel adheres to in matters of Ukrainian-Russian relations, Netanyahu said that in general, he was not too informed about the details of the war in the Ukrainian east. And despite the lack of information, the politician still hopes to contribute to the peace.
Ukraine has almost completed the process of creating a free trade zone with Israel. On July 11, our parliament ratified the relevant agreement, previously signed by the government in January of this year. 230 MPs voted for it.