WASHINGTON – Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (search) will meet with President Bush at the White House early next month, the White House announced Friday.
Bush will host Yushchenko at a working lunch on April 4, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. Yushchenko's victory last Dec. 26 in a repeat election was a "landmark event in the history of liberty," McClellan said in a statement.
The two leaders will discuss Yuschenko's "efforts to implement reforms, including strengthening rule of law, accelerating economic reforms and integrating Ukraine with the global economy, and combatting corruption," McClellan said.
Earlier Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk (search) met at the White House with Vice President Dick Cheney to discuss details of Yushchenko's upcoming visit.
"In the course of this visit, he's going to inform the president and the American people about a new beginning in Ukraine (search)...in terms of democracy, and also he's going to discuss the issues of reactivation of a strategic partnership with the United States," Tarasyuk said.
Among issues he discussed with Cheney, Tarasyuk said, was Ukraine's phased withdrawal of its 1,650 troops from Iraq.