Ministers of education (left) and foreign affairs (right) as the two men arrive in Kyiv this morning. Image: António Cotrim/ Lusa
Ministers of education (left) and foreign affairs (right) as the two men arrive in Kyiv this morning. Image: António Cotrim/ Lusa

War and reconstruction: ministers visit Ukraine

Ministers of foreign affairs and education on two day visit to Kyiv

Portugal’s ministers of foreign affairs and education arrived in Kyiv today for a two-day visit which will involve various meetings, including one with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On the agenda will be the war, and the subsequent reconstruction of Ukraine.

A statement says education is the focus of today’s meetings with the III Jitomir Reconstruction Forum taking place (in Jitomir), “bringing together dozens of speakers organised by Portugal, Ukraine and Estonia”.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Portugal and Ukraine is to be signed, with a view to rebuilding schools and equipment.


According to the press release, the project to build Liceu 25 will also be presented, which will be the responsibility of Construção Pública, E.P.E., represented at the forum by its director, Luís Andrade.

Tomorrow, education minister João Costa will hold a bilateral meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Oksen Lisovyi, while foreign affairs minister João Gomes Cravinho meets with his counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, to “take stock of the latest developments on the ground and the latest progress on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, as well as relations between the two sides”.

Tuesday is the moment both ministers are to be received by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss issues such as the Peace Formula, the reconstruction of Jitomir High School No. 25 and the integration of Ukrainian refugee children into Portuguese schools.

This is João Gomes Cravinho’s fourth visit to Kyiv since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces almost two years ago.

The press release states that president of the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), Filipe Santos Costa, who is also taking part as a speaker at the forum, will present the national offer of construction and public works companies to more than half a hundred Ukrainian businessmen at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as to the deputy ministers of Economy and Energy, reinforcing Portugal’s efforts to support the reconstruction of Ukraine.

Source: LUSA