The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP) on Wednesday August 8, 2018, bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of The Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Heider.

Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey congratulated His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Heider on a successful tenure as Ambassador in Ghana. She said Ghana and Egypt have had long standing bilateral relations and recalled that the wife of Ghana’s First President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Madam Fathia Nkrumah was an Egyptian.

She indicated that Ghana and Egypt had supported each other at various levels and called for both countries to work together to further enhance relations for their mutual benefit. She urged both countries to continue to contribute towards the advancement of the African Union. She also assured the Ambassador of the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for his successor.

His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Heider, for his part, said he was privileged to have worked in Ghana because his tenure of office had been fruitful. He indicated that cooperation between the two countries included high level diplomatic visits which produced significant results. He disclosed that Egypt hopes to increase the volume of trade with Ghana for the mutual benefit of both countries.

The Ambassador underscored the excellent cooperation between Egypt and Ghana on the regional and international stage. He said Egypt was working towards the advancement of the African Union and added that his country would advocate for improvement in the areas of peace and security, promotion of regional integration and reforms at the African Union.

His Excellency Heider further indicated that Egypt had a lot of admiration for Ghana and was grateful for the long standing partnership with Ghana. He also commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for working well with the Diplomatic Corps in the country.