NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas welcomed the first Ambassador of Ukraine during a ceremony at Government House Thursday. The two countries established diplomatic relations on September 27, 2003.


Governor General His Excellency Arthur Hanna accepted Letters of Credence accrediting Yuriy A. Sergeyev, 52, as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, marking “a momentous development” in mutual relations.


“You have signalled that despite differing historical contexts and priorities, when you assume duty our respective countries will see an intensification in bilateral cooperation,” the Governor General said.


The Ambassador highlighted the common development challenges both countries face, Europe’s regional global outreach policy and collaboration at the United Nations level. He has also raised awareness of the opportunities that exist for increased, mutually beneficial relations in the political, economic, technical, scientific and cultural areas.


Acknowledging these areas, the Governor General also took note of the Ambassador’s specific proposals for joint trade projects and the development of tourism between The Bahamas and Ukraine.


“Your impressive credentials as a promoter and key practitioner of the foreign policy of Ukraine nationally and in major European regional centres, are indicative of the confidence and the priority your government places in this new stage of our relations,” the Governor General said.


He said he was confident the Ambassador’s credentials would serve well as he discharges his duties for the mutually beneficial relations and priorities.


In his response, Ambassador Sergeyev said he was sure of the ability to fruitfully cooperate in carrying out joint trade projects as well as developing tourist infrastructure in both countries.


Ambassador Sergeyev was born on February 5, 1956 in Leninakan (Armenia). He is the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. He served as Ambassador to France, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UNESCO from March 2003 to April 2007. From 1981 to 1992 he served as assistant, Docent at the Philological Faculty of T. Shevchenko Kyiv State University. He is fluent in English and French. 


CAPTIONS: Governor General His Excellency Arthur Hanna (left) accepts Letters of Credence from Yuriy A. Sergeyev, 52, accrediting him as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, January 29, 2009. (BIS Photo/Raymond A Bethel)