Ukraine will open an embassy in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique in southeastern Africaб Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who paid a visit to the country, has said.
Kuleba thanked Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his support.
"I am grateful for the solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We agreed to work on deepening bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and interests," Ukraine's top diplomat tweeted.
This week, Kuleba began his second tour of Africa to persuade the continent's leaders to abandon their position of neutrality on the war in Ukraine and join President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's peace formula. As part of the tour, the minister paid his first visits to Morocco and Ethiopia since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the countries.
Kuleba said that Ukraine is launching systematic cooperation with the African Union and supports the idea of the African Union becoming a permanent member of the G20. Kyiv also plans to hold the first Ukraine-Africa summit.
In October 2022, Kuleba made his first-ever tour of African countries, visiting Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Kenya.
Earlier, six African leaders are proposing that Ukraine agree to start peace talks with Russia, even if Russian troops remain on its territory. In June, their delegation is to visit Kyiv and Moscow on a "peacekeeping mission".