The visit of the State Minister for Diaspora to Ukraine

The State Minister for Diaspora, Pandeli Majko is the first high-level official visiting one of the oldest Albanian diasporas in Ukraine. There are approximately 4,000 people of Albanian origin living in Ukraine for more than 300 years; most of them reside in the village of Karakurt, in the district of Odessa. During his visits in Karakurt, where the Albanian customs still exist, Minister Majko and the Albanian Ambassador Shpresa Kureta visited a school where the Albanian language is taught. With the regional and school authorities, Minister Majko discussed the strategies for meeting the students’ needs of the Albanian communities in Ukraine. In addition, the State Minister for Diaspora invited the young generation to visit their country of origin, Albania. The Minister promised that the Albanian government will always be committed to the Albanian Diaspora in Ukraine. Also, he highlighted that Mr. Majko was not there as a politician, but as an Albanian citizen.

In addition to the other places, Minister Majko visited the House of Culture, where a number of artistic groups of the Diaspora performed.

Minister Majko had a few more meetings in Kiev, where he met with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and many other high-level officials. During the meeting, they discussed promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries and the possibility of signing a free trade agreement. Mr. Majko invited the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine to visit Albania.

During his stay in Kiev, Minister Majko met with the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Kovtunets Vladimir Vitalievich. During their talks, they discussed the matters about the establishment of an Albanian Department in Ukraine and the provision of scholarships for Albanian students completing their undergraduate and graduate studies (Bachelor, Master and PhD). Also, with the help of the Albanian Ambassador Kureta, they began negotiations to establish study abroad programs. Another meeting of the Minister was the one with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Bodnar Vasily Mironovich. Their discussions focused on having policies of common interest and signing various cooperation agreements. Important meetings took place in the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine too.

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