OREANDA-NEWS. September 21, 2016. In the framework of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held negotiations with President of Argentina Mauricio Macri.

The Heads of State noted the fact that the meeting between the Ukrainian and Argentine Presidents was taking place for the first time in the last 16 years.

The parties emphasized the importance of restoring active political and business contacts between the two states at all levels.

The two Presidents confirmed mutual interest in developing bilateral trade-economic cooperation and defined priorities: cooperation in energy sphere, space missiles and aircraft building industry, as well as agriculture.

Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine would always remember the fact that Argentina had been the only Latin American country to recognize the Ukrainian People's Republic in February 1921 and establish diplomatic relations with it. It has also been the first Latin American country to recognize the independence of Ukraine on December 5, 1991.

In his turn, Mauricio Macri highly appreciated the contribution of the numerous Ukrainian community to the development of Argentina and noted that in 2017, his country would mark the 120th anniversary of the first Ukrainian settlements in Argentina.