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Zelensky in Switzerland held the first meeting in the history of Ukraine with the President of Palau: what was discussed

Maryna LisnychukPolitics
Zelensky held the first meeting with the President of Palau in the history of Ukraine. Source: president.gov.ua

For the first time in Ukraine's history, President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the leader of the Republic of Palau, Surangel Whipps Jr. They held talks on the sidelines of the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland and signed a communiqué.

This happened on the second day of the international event, June 16. The news was reported by the press service of the Office of the President.

"The second day of the Peace Summit. We discussed environmental security issues with Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr.", the agency said.

The Republic of Palau is located in Micronesia in the western part of the Caroline Islands. This meeting of the leaders was the first high-level contact between the two countries.

Zelensky in Switzerland held the first meeting in the history of Ukraine with the President of Palau: what was discussed

During the meeting, Zelensky spoke about the environmental threats posed by the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and noted that the occupiers were storing weapons and explosives on the territory of the power plant and forcing Ukrainian personnel to work.

He also emphasized the importance of uniting countries around the world around the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children. He invited Palau to join the implementation of the Environmental Security clause of the Peace Formula.

Zelensky in Switzerland held the first meeting in the history of Ukraine with the President of Palau: what was discussed

In the presence of the leaders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and Director of the Bureau of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Palau Eunice Akivo signed a Joint Communiqué on the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

"It is very important that you found the opportunity to come to the Peace Summit. Thank you for your clear position. The issues discussed at the Summit are important not only for Europe but for the whole world," the Ukrainian leader said.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the day before, on the sidelines of the Peace Summit, the President of Ukraine met with Kenyan President William Ruto, Chilean President Gabriel Borich and Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili. Volodymyr Zelensky also spoke with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Switzerland.

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