Kiev: Elton John, on a visit to Ukraine to raise awareness about AIDS, said Ireland's vote to liberalise its abortion laws showed how mindsets can change.
The 71-year-old singer has travelled regularly to Ukraine and spoken out in the eastern European country, including at an AIDS charity concert in Kiev during the Euro soccer championships in 2012.
"Believe me, I love this country. We will do everything we can to continue the fight against AIDS," he said at an event organised by the Elena Pinchuk Foundation.
"It takes a long time for things to happen as I said," he said. "Look what just happened in Ireland: the vote for abortion. Things change. People ... they change their mind. And with a younger generation coming up, they are different kind of people, and they're our future."
Voters in Ireland, a once deeply Catholic nation, on Friday backed a change to abortion laws by a landslide.