Boehner Invites Ukrainian President to Address Congress

Image: Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to local workers during his visit to the Ilich Iron and Steel Works in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Poroshenko made a surprise trip Monday to a key city in southeastern Ukraine as a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops appeared to be largely holding. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Sergei Grits / AP

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House Speaker John Boehner is inviting the new president of Ukraine to address a joint meeting of Congress next week.

President Petro Poroshenko was elected in May after a wave of protests swept out the regime of Viktor Yanukovych.

"Having President Poroshenko address Congress is another signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people," Speaker Boehner said. "It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol."

The joint meeting of Congress is scheduled for September 18.