President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Wednesday, September 23, 2020, emphasised Ghana’s commitment to promoting ties and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
President Akufo-Addo said both countries had many shared values and interests as “We have a very good feeling about Iran and we continue to cherish our relationship with Iran.”
The President made these known when the outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Ghana, Dr Nosra Tollah Maleki called on him at the Jubilee House, Accra, to bid him farewell after his duty tour of the country.
President Akufo-Addo congratulated Dr Maleki on a successful tour of duty in Ghana and commended the efforts he made to strengthen relations between the two countries.
“It’s common in your business but it’s always a sad thing to say goodbye to a good friend,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo told the Dr Maleki that Ghana was keenly aware of the positive collaborative steps between the two nations, particularly in the area of education and health, where his country had offered scholarships, both in Ghana and in Iran.
He noted that the many other steps that have been taken to strengthen relations between Ghana and Iran, “so we are sad to see you go.”
“Our countries continue to share many common things; we belong to international associations and organisations that have many shared values and interests between us.
“We want to continue to build a world in which all the peoples of the world are accorded the dignity that should be accorded everybody and to the world where the rule of law is also operational.
“So we see that there are many areas of collaboration between our two countries.
The President was happy Dr Maleki lauded the treatment and assistance he got from the government officials in Ghana, saying, “We will also count upon you to be an Ambassador of Ghana in Iran and wherever you may be; take the opportunity to extend my warmest greetings to the President, Rouhani,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Dr Maleki, who described his stay in Ghana as “wonderful”, thanked the Government and people for the love shown him during the period.
He said he had witnessed during his sojourn in Ghana, marked improvements and positive developments in the country’s economy, politics, peace, security, unity and governance and expressed hope that Ghana would have a free, fair and peaceful elections.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD