Stephen Harper concludes Ukraine trip

Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchinov (L) meets Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in...

Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchinov (L) meets Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Kiev March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Anastasia Sirotkina/Pool

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Prime Minister Stephen Harper concluded a visit to Ukraine on Saturday, where he met with the country's acting president and prime minister.

Harper also announced Canada's contribution to a political and security monitoring mission to Ukraine, which will be led by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

"Canada strongly supports the Ukrainian people who have spoken out courageously in calling for a free and democratic Ukraine," Harper said in a statement. "Restoring political and economic stability to the country is a priority for Canada and our allies."

The prime minister, who also laid a commemorative wreath in Kyiv's Independence Square, added "Canada is committed to helping Ukraine chart a new course in history, one that is underpinned by democratic principles, the rule of law, and a respect for human rights."

Canada and Ukraine have had close relations since Canada became the first Western country to recognize Ukrainian independence on Dec. 2, 1991.

 


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