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General News Tue, 20 May 2003

Foreign Minister meets envoys

Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday said the government was committed to maintaining good relations with all countries and would work within the framework of the United Nations for international peace.

He was speaking when five envoys from the United Kingdom, Canada, Czech Republic, Mali and the Holy See called on him at his office.

Nana Akufo Addo said Ghana was grateful to Britain for its continuous assistance to its peacekeeping contingents, especially in Cote d'Ivoire.

He said he was also grateful that President John Agkekum Kufuor's contribution in ensuring peace and stability in the ECOWAS Sub-Region had been noticed, adding that Ghana could not develop in the midst of the numerous problems in the Sub-Region.

The Minister stated that Ghana had so much to sell to the outside world in terms of peace, creativity and development and would want to serve as a role model to other developing countries.

He, therefore, urged investors to tap into the favourable and peaceful atmosphere in the country to help improve the economy.

Dr Roderick A. Pullen, British High Commissioner, said his government was committed to keeping its promise to support Ghana and African countries in general to ensure a better life for its people.

"The British government has noted with tremendous interest the efforts of the President as the Chairman of ECOWAS in ensuring the maintenance of peace and stability in the Sub-Region and would support this effort to make things better for the people," he said.

Mr Jean-Pierre Bolduc, Canadian High Commissioner in Ghana, promised to do his best to market Ghana to his country.

He said Canada was ready to work with Ghana on bilateral issues. Archbishop George Kocherry, Embassy of the Holy See, said the Catholic Church was committed to providing the educational, medical and spiritual needs of Ghanaians and said the University of Fiapre in the Brong Ahafo Region would be officially launched in November.

He explained that though the first batch of students had already been admitted, building projects on the site were still under construction and expressed the hope that they would be completed before its commissioning.

Source: GNA