Ambassador of Sri Lanka accredited to Ukraine, M Rizvi Hassen, presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of the Ukraine on 09th December 2021 in a ceremony held at the Mariinskij Palace, Kyiv.

During the event, the Ambassador conveyed the greetings of the H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka and Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. During the speech to the Ambassadors’ presented credentials, President Zelensky, recalled his recent meeting had with H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the COP26 Climate Summit. President Zelensky also highlighted the importance of signing of the pending agreements i.e. Agreement on Investment Promotion and Protection, Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Agreement on the Establishment of Inter-Governmental Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Ukraine.

Further the Ambassador had constructive meetings with Mr. Senik Dmytro, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Nataliia Naumenko, Chairperson of the State Migration Service of Ukraine, Mr. Oleksandr Merezhko, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, and officials of the  State Boarder Guard Service on ways and means to enhance bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and Ukraine.  

The Ambassador also met the Chief Executive Officer of Skyup Airlines, Mr Dmytro Seroukhov and discussed on incoming Skyup charter flight operations to Sri Lanka from Ukraine which will commence on 27 December 2021.Skyup charter flights will operate twice a week to Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, the Ambassador had an interactive session with the travel agents/outbound tour operators dealing with Sri Lanka and Asian destinations in Kyiv to brief on recent relaxed measures and facilities in place for incoming tourists to Sri Lanka.


Embassy of Sri Lanka


10th December 2021