Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on African countries to support a 10-point peace plan proposed by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Arriving in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, he said, “I would like to ask you to support the unity of Ukraine by supporting the peace formula proposed by President Zelensky. This is the only way to restore peace in Ukraine and prevent future wars.” “
Zelensky’s 10-point peace plan addresses issues such as global food security, radiation and nuclear security, energy security, and the release of all prisoners and exiles.
It also calls for the restoration of Ukrainian territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, and the cessation of all hostilities.
In his address, Mr. Kuleba said that food security is an important element of President Zelensky’s peace formula, and is particularly important for African countries.
“Even in this dark time of war, Ukraine has left no stone unturned to maintain its role as food security guarantor for Africa and many other regions of the world,” he added.
Mr. Kuleba also urged African countries to remain neutral and instead take sides on the ongoing conflict with Russia.
“Neutrality is not the answer. Ukraine was deeply troubled that some African countries chose to abstain from voting in the face of Russia’s aggression.
However, Mr. Kuleba acknowledged that his country has paid the price for paying less attention to Africa.
“Ukraine’s relations with African countries have not been given due attention in our foreign policy over the years and we have lost a lot. We want better relations with African countries and Kiev is working tirelessly to achieve that goal,” he said. is trying.”
According to Mr. Kuleba, Kiev has recently adopted its first African strategy and has intensified its political dialogue with several countries of the continent.
“This year, we are going to establish new embassies in different parts of the continent and plan to hold the first Ukraine-Africa summit. We want to develop a new quality of partnership based on three mutual principles; mutual respect, mutual interest and mutual benefit,” he revealed.
Mr. Kuleba, who is on a tour of Africa, held separate talks with Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Moussa Faki, President of the African Union Commission, and Azali Assoumani, President of Comoros, an interim chair of the African Union.