Ghana: The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana Bid President Akufo-Addo Farewell

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The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Archbishop Monsignor Jean Marie Speich on Monday bid President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo farewell at the Jubilee House in Accra.

Pope Francis appointed his Excellency Archbishop Monsignor Jean Marie Speich as Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana on August 18, 2013.

Speaking at a short ceremony, the Apostolic Nuncio said he was humbled to have been received by the President of the Republic, which was a high point in the life of any Diplomat.

Archbishop Apostolic Nuncio was also grateful to have had the opportunity to meet President Akufo-Addo to discuss developmental issues when he took office as President of the Republic in 2017, saying it was "a very good moment, and I wish to thank you for your clarity and for your friendship."

He said the meeting demonstrated the excellent relations that existed "between the Republic of Ghana and the Holy Sea."

The high point of the relations, the Archbishop stated, was when Pope Francis sent a special envoy to the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the country.

This, he said, "was a personal decision of the Holy Father because he wished to honour your person and to honour your country and I'm sure your picture with the Holy Father will be on the wall of the Holy Sea."

He also thanked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayokor Botchwey, for the excellent relations that had existed between the two.

The Archbishop Apostolic Nuncio expressed sadness for leaving Ghana as "I was here five-and-a-half beautiful years and had the opportunity to know better your country, and of the Diplomats here in your country and had time to understand and appreciate your culture and also time to find good Ghanaian friends."

The Apostolic Nuncio commended President Akufo-Addo for deepening the country's democratic culture, describing the country as the beacon of democracy in the African continent, and urged other countries to emulate Ghana's good example.

He also commended the President for the massive development projects and the unfettered freedom among Ghanaian in the country.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo assured of the government's commitment to developing "our nation...we are determined to build a new Ghana with respect of the rule of Law, respect for human rights and individual liberty, as well as the principle of democratic accountability."

All these, he said, were the foundation for which to build a prosperous Ghana - a Ghana Beyond Aid - "as we were responsible for our development and responsible for ensuring the masses of our people have a dignified standard of living."

Archbishop Monsignor Jean Marie Speich is heading to Slovenia as the Apostolic Nuncio to that Country.

Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

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