Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Telegram that he has arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab League summit,
“I have arrived in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “I will speak at the Arab League summit. I will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and hold other bilateral talks.”
“Our priorities are the return of all political prisoners of Crimea and the temporarily occupied territories, the return of all prisoners and illegally deported persons, the presentation of our peace formula, the implementation of which should involve as many states as possible, and the guarantee of energy security next winter,” he said.
Earlier as Zelenskyy announced on Friday his visit to Saudi Arabia, he said he will address a summit of Arab leaders.
Zelenskyy said in a tweet that his aim is to “enhance bilateral relations and Ukraine's ties with the Arab world.” He said he will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and hold other bilateral talks.
Among other topics he mentioned were Russia's annexation of Crimea, a peace “formula” for the war that began after Moscow's full-scale invasion in February 2022, and energy cooperation.
Zelenskyy said he will present his 10-point peace formula as he seeks to engage as many countries as possible.
“Another priority is the protection of the Muslim community of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said. “Crimea was the first to suffer from the Russian occupation, and most of those who suffer repression in occupied Crimea are Muslims”.
Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev accompanied Zelenskyy on the visit.
Zelenskyy will later travel to a Group of Seven summits in Japan where leaders of the world's most powerful democracies aim to step up punishment on Russia for its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council.
He earlier this week returned from a three-day trip to Italy, the Vatican, Germany, France and the UK where he sought to ensure more weapons supplies.
He has also visited Washington since the war began, but he hasn't travelled so far east.
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