17 January 2014

Ghana: Dr. Tedros Meets President Mahama, Concludes Visit to Ghana

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom met President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana on Tuesday.

He conveyed the warm greetings of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to President Mahama and expressed Ethiopia's readiness to take the longstanding relations between the two countries to a higher level.

Dr. Tedros said Ethiopia could learn from Ghana's experience, citing the Akosombo Dam and the country's development of a green economy, which he said demonstrated visionary leadership in natural resources management.

He said there were best practices in both countries that could be shared.

Dr. Tedros thanked President Mahama for Ghana's decision to send a peacekeeping force to South Sudan and briefed the Ghanaian President on the ongoing efforts by IGAD to reconcile the two sides.

President Mahama welcomed the opportunity for strengthening relations between the two countries and thanked Prime Minister Hailemariam for the efforts to bring peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

He said Ghana had no hesitation in responding positively to the UN Secretary General's request for peacekeeping troops for South Sudan and added that the force will soon be expanded to the level of a full battalion of 850 personnel.

President Mahama emphasized the need to prioritize and focus on a few areas of cooperation between Ghana and Ethiopia in order to ensure a manageable implementation process.

He agreed the two countries could share best practices and he assured Foreign Minister Tedros that Ghana was ready to impart its experiences in hydroelectric dam management.

He expressed Ghana's interest to learn from Ethiopia's Commodity Exchange.

On Wednesday, Dr. Tedros and his delegation visited the Nougouchi Medical Center at Legon University in Accra where he met and held discussions with members of the research center, including Professor Francis Kwesi Nkrumah, the son of Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

Later in the day, Dr. Tedros and his delegation left Ghana for Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso where he is paying a three-day working visit.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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