Ukraine opens embassy in Ivory Coast

Friday April 12 2024

Ivory Coast and Ukraine officials clap during the official opening of the Ukrainian embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on April 12, 2024. PHOTO | X via Ivory Coast Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora (@CI_Diplomatie)


Ukraine on Thursday inaugurated an embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in an attempt to expand its diplomatic presence in Africa.

"The opening of the embassy in Ivory Coast, a country rightly considered one of the leaders in the West African region, is explained above all by our desire to intensify global cooperation with our Ivorian partners," said Maksym Soubkh, Ukraine's special representative for the Middle East and Africa, while inaugurating the embassy.

Ukraine intends to increase its cooperation with Ivory Coast in such areas as trade, agriculture, industry, energy, education and information technologies, he said.

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The Ukrainian official said that the inauguration represents a successful implementation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's instruction to expand Ukraine's diplomatic presence in Africa.