President Viktor Yanukovych invites representatives of the Ukrainian community of Brazil to visit Ukraine, he said during a meeting with them in Sao Paulo, ForUm learned from  the presidential press office.

The President drew attention to the reforms being now actively carried out in the country. "We are trying to find an opportunity for economic development, which would provide a positive impetus to the country," he said.

Viktor Yanukovych praised the role the government of Brazil assigns to the Ukrainian diaspora and its participation in the social and political life of Brazil. "Respect for you means respect for Ukraine. And it is your merit that you have found your place in this country, made yourselves known," he said.

The Ukrainian President congratulated Ukrainian citizens living in Brazil on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. He also congratulated the meeting participants on the 120th anniversary of the beginning of Ukrainian immigration to Brazil. The first immigrant arrived in Brazil from Western regions of Ukraine in 1891.

For their part, the representatives of Ukrainian community of Brazil stressed that they are extremely interested in expanding their ties with Ukraine. "We see our future in developing relations with Ukraine," President of the Ukrainian-Brazilian Central Representation Vitorio Sorotiuk said.
The President of Ukraine gave the Ukrainian community of Brazil presents, including the embroidery, Ukrainian musical instruments, and books. The representatives of the Ukrainian community in Brazil gave Viktor Yanukovych an album of a Brazilian painter of Ukrainian origin Miguel Bakun.


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