The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP) received open letters from the Ambassador-Designate of the Lebanese Republic, His Excellency Maher Kheir, on Wednesday, September 3, 2018.
In her welcome remarks, Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey recalled that Ghana and Lebanon have had long standing relations. She added that there is a large number of Lebanese nationals who have lived in Ghana for many years and have well integrated into the Ghanaian society.
She indicated that, over the years the two countries have cooperated for their mutual benefit. She intimated that Ghana’s Armed Forces has for several years contributed to peacekeeping in Lebanon.
She called for stronger economic cooperation and increase in high profile visits between the two countries. She also assured the Ambassador- Designate of the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration during his tenure.
His Excellency Maher Kheir, for his part, recalled the long standing relations between the two countries which dates back to many decades and indicated that most Lebanese nationals see Ghana as their second homeland. He assured that Lebanese living in Ghana are prepared to contribute towards the country’s development.
H.E Kheir acknowledged that Ghana has helped Lebanon in several ways, particularly, in contributing to peacekeeping in Lebanon. He pledged to continue from where his predecessor left off to further deepen the bilateral relations between Ghana and Lebanon.