Lviv (QHA) -

President Viktor Yanukovych noted the important role of foreign Ukrainians in the development of a sovereign independent Ukraine, reports Ukrinform.

The President of Ukraine stated this in his welcome speech to the participants in the X Ukrainian World Congress, held in Lviv on Tuesday.

"I highly appreciate the active work of the world's leading organizations of the Ukrainian community in the development of a free and sovereign Ukraine, the preservation of national and cultural identity and traditions of the people," the greeting says.

He emphasized that attracting the potential of the Ukrainian diaspora to implement economic reforms, the European aspirations of the state and celebrate important dates in Ukrainian history conjointly is especially important today.

The President finished his address by wishing the Congress new achievements.

Note: Тhe X Ukrainian World Congress will take place on 20-22 August 2013 at the Lviv Polytechnic National University under this year's Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) motto “Contra spem spero”.