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Statement on the Resignation of Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius

Ambassadors are deeply disappointed by the resignation of Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavicius.

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We are deeply disappointed by the resignation of Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavicius, who has delivered real reform results for Ukraine. During the past year, Abromavicius and his professional team have made important strides – implementing tough but necessary economic reforms to help stabilize Ukraine’s economy, root out endemic corruption, bring Ukraine into compliance with its IMF program obligations, and promote more openness and transparency in government. Ukraine’s stable, secure and prosperous future will require the sustained efforts of a broad and inclusive team of dedicated professionals who put the Ukrainian peoples’ interests above their own. It is important that Ukraine’s leaders set aside their parochial differences, put the vested interests that have hindered the country’s progress for decades squarely in the past, and press forward on vital reforms.

Ambassador of Canada Roman Waschuk

Ambassador of the Republic of France Isabelle Dumont

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Christof Weil

Ambassador of Italy Fabrizio Romano

Ambassador of Japan Shigeki Sumi

Ambassador of Lithuania Marius Janukonis

Ambassador of Sweden Andreas von Beckerath

Ambassador of Switzerland Guillaume Scheurer

Ambassador of the United Kingdom Judith Gough

Ambassador of the United States of America Geoffrey R. Pyatt

Published 3 February 2016