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New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

Lilia RagutskaPolitics
New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

On January 13, the newly appointed French Foreign Minister, Stephane Sejourne, 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.

New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

"Minister Sejourne 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.

New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

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

New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

"I came here to say that France will support Ukraine in the long term from an economic, military and humanitarian point of view," Séjourne 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, Sejourne 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.

New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo
New French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrives in Kyiv. Photo

The new French foreign minister is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today.

As a reminder, on January 9 this year, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a new Prime Minister of France . 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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