British Foreign Secretary Cameron Meets Zelensky in First Overseas Visit as Top UK Diplomat

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, shakes hands with Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Cameron during their meeting in Kyiv, Thursday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

KYIV (AP) — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday in his first overseas trip in his new job and pledged to continue providing military support for Ukraine’s war effort for “however long it takes.”

Cameron, a former prime minister who returned to government in a surprise appointment Monday in a Cabinet shuffle, said he wanted to make the trip to Kyiv his first diplomatic visit.

“I admire the strength and determination of the Ukrainian people,” he told Zelensky, according to a video posted by the president.

Cameron said the U.K. would continue to provide moral and diplomatic support “but above all, the military support that you need not just this year and next year but however long it takes.”

Zelensky thanked Cameron for visiting. Zelensky has tried to keep the world’s focus on Ukraine’s fight as attention has turned to the Middle East and Israel’s war against Hamas.

“A good meeting,” Zelensky wrote on social media. “Weapons for the front, strengthening of air defense, protection of our people and critical infrastructure. I am grateful to the UK for its support!”

The U.K. has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine in defending itself from Russia.

As of last month, the U.K. said it was second to the U.S. in providing military funds to Ukraine, giving 4.6 billion pounds ($5.7 billion) worth of assistance and training 30,000 Ukrainian troops on British soil.

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