Two Envoys, the Israeli Ambassador and Equatorial Guinea Ambassadors to Ghana, on separate occasions on Monday, bid President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo farewell at the Jubilee House after their duty tour of the country.
Ms Shani Cooper – Zubida and Jesus Mba Bela Abaha congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his re-appointment as ECOWAS Chair and Ghana’s election to the United Nation’s Security Council as a non-permanent member for two years.
After her three-year duty tour of Ghana, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana said Ghana’s participation in international affairs had made it “very visible” among the comity of nations, particularly in Israel.
Ms Shani said her country appreciated Ghana’s continuous support to regain the “Observers Status” in the African Union (A.U.) and the trend to seek balance in the United Nation’s resolutions on matters relating to Israel.
She said during her stay in Ghana, the two countries identified some areas of cooperation which her government could support. That is Agriculture, Water, Health and innovation.
The Israeli Ambassador indicated these areas of cooperation had been achieved through business and public diplomacy, and “I am happy to report that the number of Israeli companies interested in doing business with and in Ghana had gone up tremendously.”
She said the State of Israel was committed to supporting Ghana’s economy and healthcare, adding that the mutual bond of friendship between the two countries had further deepened over the years.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated Ghana’s position of a two-state solution to the problems in the Middle East, which would see Israel leaving within the acknowledged borders, side by side with a Palestine State with the possibility of independence and development.
He said Ghana believed in its long-held view that the two-state policy was the solution that would bring an end to the long protracted conflict in the Middle East, which has affected so many lives and relations across the world.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated the strong bonds between the Republic of Ghana and Israel, dating back to the first years of Ghana’s independence.
He said Israel was one of the nations in the world that, before the 1970s, cooperated actively with the Ghanaian State on establishing her initial institutions.
President Akufo-Addo acknowledged Israel’s contribution towards Ghana’s development, especially in agriculture and health, which is central to the country’s development.
He said Ghanaians in Israel are on scholarships studying modern agriculture technologies — “these are the gateways to our future.”
President Akufo-Addo said efforts were being made on the African Continent to “listen more, perhaps as we did in the past, to Israel’s point of view.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD