President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the appointment of Oksana Markarova to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States of America.
Congratulating Oksana Markarova on the appointment, the Head of State noted that her candidacy has three key advantages: patriotism, a high level of professionalism and a very positive perception in the United States.
"I am convinced that these three factors are the formula for success in strengthening the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States," Volodymyr Zelensky said, the press service of the Head of State informs.
The President stressed that the Ambassador should focus primarily on establishing an effective dialogue with the administration of the new President of the United States of America Joe Biden. It is also necessary to actively work with the US Congress, maintain a constant dialogue with legislators and strengthen bipartisan support for Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky stressed the importance of involving the United States in the Donbas settlement process, as well as in the efforts to de-occupy Crimea.
The President paid special attention to the need to strengthen the US sanctions against Russia, in particular as regards the Nord Stream 2 project.
“Washington's support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic course is also fundamentally important, especially in the issue of adopting NATO's decision to provide Ukraine a MAP,” the statement reads.
Also, according to the Head of State, one of the main tasks of the new Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States is to facilitate further support of the United States for the internal transformation of our state aimed to improve the welfare of Ukrainian citizens.
“I am also confident that Oksana Markarova will set an example in the development of economic diplomacy: in attracting foreign direct investment in Ukraine, in promoting Ukrainian exports and defending the interests of Ukrainian business, which is a particularly important issue for all our diplomats and what I demand of them,” the President emphasized.
As a reminder, Oksana Markarova served as the Minister of Finance of Ukraine from June 2018 to March 4, 2020.