The bilateral relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The bilateral relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Ukrainian-Saudi bilateral relations were established during the visit of the Ukrainian governmental delegation headed by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to Riyadh in April 1993.
In April, 18 in 1993 Ministers for Foreign Affairs of two countries signed the "Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" at the level of embassies.
In December, 17, 1993 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the decision on opening of the Embassy of Ukraine in Riyadh, which was opened on June, 24, 1996.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began its activity in Kyiv in July, 2009.
In May, 13, 2010 the first Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.E. Mr. Judiya Z. Alhathal arrived to Kyiv.
In December, 29, 1996 during the visit of the Vice-Chairman of the State Committee of Migration Y. Biluha to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the “Protocol on fulfillment of pilgrimage by Ukrainian Muslims to the Islamic sacred objects” was signed between State Committee of Migration of Ukraine and the Ministry of Haj of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The official visit of the Minister of Foreign Economy and Trade of Ukraine S.Osika took place in October, 24-27, 1997 within the framework of holding of the Ukrainian international exhibition in Saudi Arabia. The Minister led negotiations with his Saudi colleague the Minister of trade of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia U.Fakih.
In May 1997 the negotiations between the experts of the Ministry of Economy and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the experts of Saudi authorities (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Oil and Mineral resources, the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Industry and Electrification, the Saudi Academy of Sciences etc.) were held in Riyad. The negotiations resulted in initiating of the framework Agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical and investment cooperation.
In January 2000 the delegation of the SC “Ukrspetsexport” headed by the General Director V.Malev visited Riyadh on the invitation of the Second Vice-Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and Aviation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. There were conducted negotiations with the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia A.Al Muhei and working meetings with the group of Saudi military experts. During negotiations the scientific and industrial opportunities of the Ukrainian military industrial sector and the developments of new types of modern armament were introduced to Saudi experts. The Saudi side expressed its interest towards the information received.
In June, 2002 the delegation including the First Deputy Head of the Main Administration of the Foreign Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine E. Mykytenko and the Plenipotentiary Representative of Ukraine in the Middle East V. Nagaichuk visited Saudi Arabia and led consultations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and negotiations with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia N. Madani where the issues of preparation of the visit of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were discussed.
One of the most famous Saudi entrepreneur A. Al-Rajhi visited Ukraine in October 2002. Meetings were held it the Administration of the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, National Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank, Holding “Ukraziyabud”. These meetings resulted in principal agreements on expansion of the range of Ukrainian export to Saudi Arabia and other countries of the region, creation of Joint Ukrainian-Saudi Company on resumption of oil wells, Joint Venture with "Antarctica" company, opening of the representative office of Al Rajhi Corporation in Ukraine and the branch of the Saudi bank.
The development of Ukrainian-Saudi bilateral relations was encouraged by the visit of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to Riyadh in January, 17-19, 2003. The President of Ukraine held meetings with the King of Saudi Arabia Fahd bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Crown Prince, the Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Industry and Electricity Hashym Yamani, the GCC Secretary General A. Al-Attiya and Saudi businessman Abdullah Al-Rajhi.
The meetings were held between the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine V. Hayduk and the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia A. Al-Naimi, the Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine S. Ryzhuk and the Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia A. Muammar, the Minister of Transport of Ukraine G. Kyrpa and the Deputy Minister of Transport of Saudi Arabia A. Al-Mooqbil.
During the visit the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed the "Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on trade, economic, scientific, technical and investment cooperation”.
In March 2003 Riyadh visited the Chairman of the State Tourism Administration of Ukraine V. Tsybukh, who met with senior government officials and representatives of Saudi private companies and informed them of tourism, recreational and investment opportunities of our country.
The Saudi business delegation visited Ukraine in July 2003. Members of the delegation met with the Board members of SC “Ukrspetsexport”, “UkrAziyabud”, “Ukrinterenergo” and other Ukrainian companies. As a result of this visit 11 Agreements on cooperation and Protocols on intentions were signed.
The visit of the delegation of the Ministry of Defence and Aviation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Ukraine can be considered as a positive example of development of bilateral relations between two countries. The delegation studied the possibilities of the Military Industrial Sector of Ukraine and visited Kharkiv, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, and Feodosia cities together with representatives of SC “Ukrspetsexport”.
The delegation of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia visited Ukraine in April 2004. The meetings were held with Ukrainian companies that produce equipment and machinery that can be used for control of terrestrial and maritime borders, training of anti-terrorism units etc.
In June 2004 the GCC Secretary General A. Al-Attiya visited our country.
The First Joint Session of Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation was held in July 2004 in Jeddah. The Ukrainian side was headed by the Minister of Economy and European Integration M. Derkach, from the Saudi side – the Minister of Trade and Industry Hashym Yamani.
The Commission discussed a wide range of issues of Ukrainian-Saudi bilateral relations and identified areas and mechanisms for deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation and the diversification and intensification of trade between two countries.
With the view of establishing business contacts and realization of joint projects in different areas the business forum was held within the framework of the Commission where the representatives of Ukrainian and Saudi business circles took part.
On May 23-26, 2005, there was a delegation of Saudi Arabian businessman to Ukraine, headed by the Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers Abdul Rahman Al-Jeraisi.
During his visit, a joint sitting of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and the the Council of Saudi Chambers were conducted, which culminated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding regarding establishing a Ukrainian-Saudi Business Council. Prime Minister of Ukraine Y. Tymoshenko met with the Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers Abdul Rahman Al-Jeraisi. During meeting were discussed the issues of deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, development of investment cooperation.
On May 25, 2005 was held a business forum "Business Without Borders: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Ukraine. The event provided an opportunity to establish direct cooperation between the Ukrainian and Saudi businessmen to introduce Saudi business community and provincial representatives of Saudi Chambers of Commerce, the export potential of Ukrainian businesses, to establish a possible investment cooperation.
20-24 February 2006 in Kyiv was a second session of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Commission on trade, economic and scientific-technical cooperation. Ukrainian part of the commission was headed by Minister of Economy A. Yatsenyuk, Saudi - Minister of Trade and Industry H. Yamani. During the sessiom there were meetings of H. Yamani with Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Yekhanurov, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Minister of Industrial Policy V. Shandra.
As part of the commission was conducted second business forum "Business Without Borders: Ukraine - Saudi Arabia”, were held the first meeting of Ukrainian-Saudi Business Council, meeting between representatives of business circles of both countries.
On 19-20 May 2007 in Riyadh representatives of the Ukrainian Investment Consulting Company “CFC Consulting, held a seminar-presentation" Investment opportunities in Ukraine”, and also discussed the organization of regional economic forum "Eastern Europe - GCC.
On April 8-9, 2008 in Riyadh was held the third joint session of Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation.
Ukrainian part of the Commission was headed by First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine O. Turchinov, Saudi - Minister of Transport of KSA Jabara bin Eid Al-Suraysari. The official delegation of Ukraine included 22 representatives of ministries and departments as well as accompanying persons and representatives of leading Ukrainian media, the Ukrainian part of Ukrainian-Saudi Business Council in a total of 34 persons.
As a result of the Third session of the Commission was signed the Protocol of the Third session of the Commission, the Agreement on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments, distribution agreement between HK “AvtoKrAZ "and" Alissa Abdullateef Automotive Co. ", Protocol on the coordination of the draft Agreement on maritime merchant shipping.
Important event was the meeting of the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine O. Turchynov with Saudi King Abdullah. Head of Saudi Arabia praised the dynamics of bilateral Saudi-Ukrainian relations and prospects for their further development, stressing that the key to this process is the high reputation which has the Ukraine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The monarch has demonstrated awareness of agricultural export potential of Ukraine and expressed interest to export opportunities of Ukrainian industry, called for support of private businesses and investors.
On 9 - 12 February 2009 delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine visited KSA. It was headed by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Member of the parliamentary group on interparliamentary relations with Saudi Arabia O. Belorus.
During the visit, delegation members met with the Chairman of the Advisory Board Saleh Humeyd, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Riyadh Abdulrahman Al-Jeraisi, rector of the International Academy of al-Faisal Ahmad At-Tawil. Members of the delegation and the Embassy staff attended meeting of the Advisory Board.
On 29 - 30 October 2009 during the visit to Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister of KSA H.Al-Jindan signed a protocol on political consultations between foreign ministries of Ukraine and the KSA.
On December 15, 2009 was the working visit of the President of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs A.Kinah. Ukrainian delegation consisting of 5 people arrived by the invitation of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishaal. During the negotiations the parties discussed a wide range of issues concerning cooperation in the construction, petroleum, chemical, agriculture and other sectors.
In May 2010, with the active assistance of the Economic Section of the Embassy in conjunction with the consulting company "CFC", visit of delegation of Ukrainian businessmen took place. During the visit, the Embassy organized a series of meetings in the largest companies in the agricultural sector KSA, as well as a number of investment companies.
In June 2010 the Economic Section of the Embassy together with the business center “Ukraine-Middle East” provided support for the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture KSA headed by the Deputy Minister, to Ukraine to participate in agricultural exhibition "Agro 2010". During the visit, Saudi officials met with the Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine M. Prysiazhniuk. As a result of negotiations the parties agreed to begin systematic work in agriculture, in particular agreed to export 1 million tons of grain to Saudi Arabia, and expressed intention to create joint ventures and technology parks in the area of agriculture in Ukraine.
On July 17-18, 2010 delegation of company MOSTOBUD headed by its president V.Prodivus visited Riyadh on a business trip. During the visit they held a meeting with His Highness Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdurrahman al Saud and a number of major Saudi companies working in the construction sector of the Kingdom. During the meetings, in particular, they discussed issues of further cooperation and opening of the office of Ukrainian company in KSA.
On November 2-3, 2010 with the active support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a delegation of the National Space Agency of Ukraine headed by Director General Y. Alekseev visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes was signed during the visit.
Saudi Arabia appreciates relations with Ukraine and sees Ukraine as an important country in the global energy system. In order to participate at the Extraordinary meeting of the MEF, 21-22 February 2011, a visit of adviser of the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had been placed.
An activation of bilateral cooperation has also been monitored in the cultural relations between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. In February of 2011 the delegation of Handball Federation of Ukraine, has visited the Kingdom. During the visit talks were held regarding establishing cooperation.
A major role for development relations between the two countries in political and military-technical sphere, played a visit Ukraine by Prince Khalid bin Sultan Assistant - Secretary of Defense and Aviation of the KSA, held on 19-21 April 2011. During the visit he met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense of Ukraine.
In May of 2011 a visit to Ukraine was organized by "Ar-Radzhhi Investment", the largest subsidiary in the KSA. During the visit, a meeting was organized for Saudi businesses with the company "Hlibinvestbud" and the State Food and Grain Corporation.
1-4 June 2011 visit to Ukraine by Minister of Agriculture of the KSA. He has attended the opening ceremony of the International Exhibition "Agro-2011" and held talks with the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine, during which it was stressed that the Kingdom is interested in cooperation with Ukraine in the field of agriculture.
1-4 September 2011 an official visit to Ukraine by Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Assaf, who held talks with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Ukraine, which resulted in the signing of the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the avoidance of double taxation and discussed cooperation in investment projects.
18-19 October 2011 in Kyiv the 4th meeting of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held. In the course of the Intergovernmental Commission the Saudi Minister of Transport of the KSA met with the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Parties discussed issues of bilateral relations in transport, and identified areas for further development of mutual cooperation, including the possible participation of Ukrainian companies in the Saudi national project of building the backbone of the railway, which is to combine the two largest trade and port city of Saudi Arabia - Jeddah and Dammam.
Also Minister of Transport of the KSA met with the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian joint Ukrainian-Saudi Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation. During meeting parties have discussed the status of Ukrainian-Saudi relations in trade and economic spheres.
19-21 October 2011 an official visit to Ukraine has paid by Chairman of the Advisory Council (Parliament) of KSA Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh. He met with the leaders of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
October 22, 2011 a special one-day visit to the Saudi Arabia by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. During a visit he took part in the mourning ceremony in connection with the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
21-24 November 2011 an official visit by the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine to the Kingdom. He met with the Minister of Agriculture of the KSA, Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia, as well as with representatives of businesses and business circles of the Kingdom, including the leaders of Saudi companies such as "Ar-Radzhhi", "Al-Mar" and "Arasko" - the leaders in the agricultural market of Saudi Arabia.
26-27 December 2011 visit to the Kingdom by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Hryshenko K.I. During the Business Forum was held with the participation of leading business representatives of Saudi Arabia, in which businessmen were able to establish direct contacts and conclude appropriate arrangements with leading business circles of Ukraine.
13-15 January 2012 a visit of delegation of the National Bank of Ukraine, including meeting with Finance Minister of the KSA during a stay.
28-31 May 2012 the visit to Ukraine by parliamentary group of interparliamentary friendship of Ukraine and CSA Advisory Council, which met in the Parliament of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
June 18, 2012 visit to the KSA by Ukrainian delegation to express condolences over the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
1-5 June 2013, the visit by the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine to the KSA. Meetings were held with senior CSA, including the Minister of Transport of the KSA and the Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom. During the visit, the Ukrainian-Saudi Business Forum was held.
19-22 November 2013 visit to the Kingdom by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. Delegation led by Deputy Minister. The purpose of the visit was to assist the development of bilateral Ukrainian-Saudi cooperation in agriculture and livestock, and to discuss the possibilities of creating joint Ukrainian-Saudi sheep enterprises on the territory of Ukraine. During the visit, meetings were held with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the KSA on livestock: S.al-Nohaitom, executive director of the corporation Saudi investment in agriculture and livestock (SALIC) A.Al-Dubaihi, Director General for International Trade Department of Commerce and industry-KSA I.al Hobishem, executive director of administration Saudi food and Drug Administration al-Meshal and management companies "al-Safi" and "al-Mara", which play a key role in the agricultural market of the Saudi Arabia.
August 26 - September 1, 2014 a visit of the Ministry of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia to Ukraine with the purpose of introduction a control system and food safety of Ukrainian origin products to Saudi specialists, and it’s compliance with proper epizootic situation.
January 24, 2015, a working visit to the KSA by the President of Ukraine H.E. P.Poroshenko, who met with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to express condolences over the death of the King Abdullah.
The fifth session of the Joint Ukrainian Saudi Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation was held in Riyadh on 5-6 April 2017. The session was co-chaired by the Minister of agricultural policy and food of Ukraine Mr. Taras Kutovyi and Minister of transport of Saudi Arabia Mr. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan.
The two sides signed minutes of the fifth session, identifying the mutual steps to prepare the conclusion of bilateral agreements. The two sides have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in fields of trade, agriculture, energy, investments, education and tourism. The session of the joint commission witnessed significant capabilities for further development of Ukrainian-Saudi cooperation in the trade, economic, scientific and technical spheres.
In 2016-2017 exchanges of visits of interparliamentary friendship groups delegations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ukraine, respectively, took place. Within the framework of these visits, the meetings were held in the Al-Shura Council, the Ministry of Transport, the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Verkhovna Rada and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
On October, 31 – November, 01 2017 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko conducted an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Head of State held negotiations with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhly, Managing Director of the Public Investment Fund Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan and Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani. A separate meeting was held between the Ukrainian and Saudi Ministers for Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Adel Al-Jubeir.
The parties discussed the issues of bilateral political, investment, trade-economic, military-technical and humanitarian cooperation.
In the course of the visit, a number of documents on bilateral cooperation in the sphere of training of diplomatic staff, investment cooperation in agriculture and cooperation in the information sphere, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding on the mechanism of consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the GCC Secretariat General were signed.
Cooperation in political sphere
Contacts at the highest level:
17-19 January, 2003 - official visit of President of Ukraine L.Kuchma to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
14 January 2015 - working visit of the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
31 October - 01 November 2017 - official visit of the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Contacts at a high level:
April 1993 - official visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
19-21 April 2011 - Visit to Ukraine by the Prince Khalid Bin Sultan an Assistant Secretary of Defense and Aviation of KSA.
1-4 June 2011 - official visit to Ukraine by the Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom.
1-4 September 2011 - official visit to Ukraine by Ibrahim Al-Assaf the Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
18-19 October 2011 - official visit to Ukraine by Dr. Jobarah bin Eid al-Suraysiri the Minister of Transport of the Kingdom to participate in the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Saudi Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.
19-21 October, 2011 - President of the Consultative Council (Parliament) of the KSA Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh visited Ukraine on an official visit.
22 October, 2011 - Ukraine's defense minister M. Yezhel visited Saudi Arabia with a special one-day visit
21-24 November, 2011 - Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine M.Prysyazhnyuk visited Saudi Arabia
26-27 December 2011 - the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Konstantyn Gryshchenko, during which Ukrainian-Saudi business forum was held
28-31 May 2012 - parliamentary group of friendship with Ukraine of the Consultative Council (Parliament) of the KSA visited Ukraine
June 18, 2012 - visit of Ukrainian delegation headed by the Minister of Defence of Ukraine D. Salamatin to KSA to express condolences on the death of Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
1-5 June 2013 - official visit to the KSA by the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.