Ukrainian PM visits Rome, focused on EU integration and financial aid

26 April, 11:58 PM
Denys Shmyhal and George Maloney (Photo:Denys Shmyhal Prime Minister of Ukraine / Telegram)

Denys Shmyhal and George Maloney (Photo:Denys Shmyhal Prime Minister of Ukraine / Telegram)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has arrived in Rome to meet with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni and President Sergio Mattarella, and to participate in a bilateral conference on Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction, Italian news agency ANSA reported on April 26.

According to the report, Meloni pledged Italy's continued political, military, and humanitarian support for Ukraine, as well as assisting with the restoration of strategic infrastructure facilities in liberated settlements.

She also acknowledged Kyiv's efforts in carrying out key reforms and urged faster negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU.

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"Our task is to help Ukraine write a new chapter of its history, and Italy has everything it needs to become the main character (in it)," Meloni said.

In his turn, President Mattarella assured Shmyhal that Italy will support Ukraine as much as necessary.

Shmyhal also met with the leadership of the Italian parliament and emphasized that Ukraine enjoys the support of the both chambers of Italian legislature.

The parties signed several agreements, including one that allocates EUR 1 billion ($1.1 billion) for trade and financial operations, and a memorandum of cooperation between several Ukrainian and Italian regions.

Finally, Italy and Ukraine agreed to work together when it comes to maintaining Ukraine’s railway infrastructure and building new hydroelectric plants, according to Shmyhal’s post on Telegram.

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