Embassy of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

, Kyiv 19:20

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

In the first half of 2012 the Embassy of Ukraine focused its activities in cultural and humanitarian spheres mainly on the promotion of the final part of the European Football Championship Euro-2012 by distributing among the official and private circles of Saudi Arabia the information about the main achievements of Ukraine in the course of preparation to the organization Euro- 2012, promoting the participation of Saudi Arabia’s representatives at the 11th International Children's Festival "Let's change the world for the better" as well as on developing the legal base of bilateral Ukrainian-Saudi relations, particularly in the cultural sphere.
In the context of promoting Euro-2012 football championship on March 21, 2012 the Embassy of Ukraine arranged the meeting of representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Riyadh as well as government officials and Saudi businessmen during which the participants were informed upon the current state of preparation process of Ukraine to this international event and Ukraine’s achievements in ensuring proper championship organization.

Embassy of Ukraine in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Saudi Arabia from 04/11/2012 to 05/28/2012 held a football tournament "EURO-2012 Diplomatic Cup" between diplomats of foreign embassies accredited in Riyadh.

Embassy of Ukraine also provided the necessary support for the Embassy of Belgium in Riyadh in organizing on March 28, 2013 of a concert of the famous Ukrainian pianist Dmitri Suhovenko.

With the view of promoting the participation of KSA representatives at 11th and 12th International Children Festival "Let's change the world for the better" (2012-2013) diplomats of the Embassy held a number of meetings with the officials of the Directorate General of Youth Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during which Saudi side was provided with printed and video materials on the history of the International Children's Festival, as well as with information about the International Children's Center "Artek".

One of the promising areas of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia is cooperation in the field of sports. It should be noted that the Embassy of Ukraine sent to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Ukraine the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the Directorate General of Youth Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of youth and sports cooperation with corrections made by Saudi side.

Work has intensified to resolve the issue of derecognition of  Saudi Commission for accreditation of experts in the field of medical certificates issued to Saudi students who were studying in higher medical institutions of Ukraine. In this context it is worth noting that on March 16, 2015 H.E. Ambassador of Ukraine V.V.Vakhrushev met with Deputy Health Minister of the KSA - Dr. Mohammed bin Hamza Khoshaim. At the same time, the sides coordinated preparation for the signing of Ukrainian-Saudi intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in health and medicine spheres.

Among the important activities of the Embassy remains the developing of tourist exchange between our countries. Embassy has negotiated with several major Saudi tourism companies in order to give additional impetus for promoting Ukraine as a tourist destination.

As of now the only concluded treaty with Saudi Arabia regulating bilateral cultural and humanitarian cooperation is the Protocol between the State Committee of Ukraine and the Ministry of pilgrimage of KSA on pilgrimage of Ukrainian Muslims to the holy cities of Islam in Saudi Arabia (signed December 29, 1996).
It should be noted that the Embassy pays considerable attention to the organization of pilgrimage of Ukrainians to the holy sites of Islam in Saudi Arabia.