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TEL AVIV, December 1 (Itar-Tass) —— Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will discuss with the Israeli leadership on Thursday issues of intensification of bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic, scientific, technical, cultural and humanitarian spheres . He will hold talks with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu.
“The main task of the visit is to transform the achieved high dynamics of the political summit dialogue into further active development of mutually advantageous cooperation in all directions of mutual interest for Ukraine and Israel,” head of the administration of the Ukrainian president Sergei Levochkin said. The sides will discuss, in particular, “the determination of ways of further expansion of trade and economic interaction and achievement of concrete agreements on the implementation of joint mutually advantageous projects.”
Yanukovich arrived in Israel on Wednesday. He familiarized himself with Jerusalem, as well as visited saint places in the city of three religions. Besides, he had a talk with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. During the trip, the Ukrainian president told journalists that after the abolition of visas for the two countries’ tourists this year, “an agreement on a free trade zone will be the next stage in the development of economic cooperation of Ukraine and Israel.” In this connection, ambassador of Ukraine to Israel Gennady Nadolenko said that the second round of the talks on this subject at the level of experts will be held in Geneva in the coming weeks.
During the current visit, the sides are to sign a number of bilateral documents - - a joint statement of the presidents in the field of the motor road infrastructure and a plan of cooperation in the sphere of healthcare for 2012-2015.