The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey(MP) received Open Letters from the Ambassador Designate of the Republic of Senegal to the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Aboubacar Sadikh Barry on Friday August 3, 2018.
Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey welcomed the Ambassador Designate and congratulated him on his nomination. The Minister acknowledged the long standing bilateral relations between Ghana and Senegal and urged both countries to continue to work together to enhance the relations for their mutual benefit.
She indicated that both countries are members of Regional and International Organisations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) and have played their roles to ensure progress for the respective Organisations. She underscored Ghana’s commitment to the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons. The Minister also assured His Excellency Sadikh Barry that the Ministry would work with him to ensure that his tenure in Ghana was successful.
For his part, His Excellency Sadikh Barry thanked Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey for receiving him and commended Ghana for her accomplishments in her relations with other countries.
He said he was pleased to start his diplomatic career in Ghana because of the existing good relations between Ghana and Senegal and also because of the significant contributions Ghana made to the liberation of the African Continent. He mentioned Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the First President of the Republic of Ghana and His Excellency Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, as Ghanaians who have impacted the world greatly. He also acknowledged the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his contribution towards development on the African Continent.
His Excellency Barry further indicated that Senegal would like to broaden partnership with Ghana and cooperate in the areas of education, fishing, security, investments, exports and sports among others. He said the two countries had a lot to learn from each other and assured that he would work to further enhance the bilateral relations between Senegal and Ghana.