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The new French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné arrived in Kyiv. Photo

Lilia RagutskaPolitics
The new French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné arrived in Kyiv. Photo

On January 13, the newly appointed French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Séjourné, paid an official visit to Ukraine. This is the first visit of a high-ranking official to our country after his appointment.

Sejourne's arrival in Ukraine was announced on the French Foreign Ministry's page on the X network, formerly known as Twitter. It noted that the minister's visit demonstrates the state's commitment to supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.

French Foreign Minister arrives in Kyiv

"Minister Séjourné arrived in Kyiv for his first trip to the field to continue French diplomatic action there and to reaffirm France's commitment to its allies, together with the civilian population," the statement said.

This is the first foreign trip of the newly appointed minister in office, and he announced its purpose himself on the X network.

"For almost 2 years, Ukraine has been at the forefront of defending its sovereignty and ensuring the security of Europe. France's assistance is long-term. This is evidenced by the fact that I came to Kyiv on my first trip," the diplomat said.

Tweet by Séjourné

The French Foreign Ministry also published the first photo of Sejourne in Ukraine: it was taken at the Kyiv railway station.

French Foreign Minister arrives on his first official visit to Ukraine on January 13

"I came here to say that France will support Ukraine in the long term from an economic, military and humanitarian point of view," Séjourné said upon arrival in Kyiv.

According to him, French representatives will make "a certain number of visits" to "understand what Ukrainians need today."

Upon his arrival in Kyiv, Séjourné met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Together, they honored the memory of those who died at the Wall of Remembrance of those who died for Ukraine on Mykhailivska Square in the capital, Suspilne reports.

Séjourné and Kuleba at the Wall of Memory in Kyiv
Diplomats honored the memory of fallen soldiers together

It is expected that the new French Foreign Minister will also meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today.

As a reminder, on January 9 this year, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a new French Prime Minister. Gabriel Attal, 34, became the youngest head of government in the history of France.

Later, it became known that the new French Prime Minister has roots in Odesa: Attal's mother, Marie de Couriss, comes from a family of Russian White Guard emigrants of Greek descent who lived in Odesa. The woman raised her son in the Orthodox faith.

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