General News Fri, 16 Jan 1998

Ghana Russian Celebrate 40 Years of Diplomatic Ties

Accra (Greater Accra) 15 Jan., Ghana and the Federation of Russian Republic today exchanged letters of felicitation to mark 40 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. Mr. James Victor Gbeho, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in His letter to Mr. Yevgeni Primakov, His Russian counterpart, expressed appreciation at relations between the two countries. "Ghana will always be appreciative of the friendship and the invaluable support which the former soviet union offered to her ... in the early years of Ghana's Independence". "The support enabled Ghana to follow an independent and dynamic foreign policy ... in African Affairs where Ghana's leadership provided the impetus for the decolonization of Africa," Mr. Gbeho said. He praised Russia for its support in Ghana's socio-economic development saying that the large number of Ghanaians trained in the then soviet union continue to play important roles in National Affairs. "The setting up of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, State Fishing Corporation and Tema Technical Institute are among the many soviet assisted projects which have contributed enormously towards the raising of the living standards of Ghanaians." In His letter to Mr. Gbeho, Mr. Primakov said the two countries have accumulated a valuable experience of mutual respect and trust in their 40 years of cooperation. "We have a firm intention to further deepen bilateral cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit and to closely co-ordinate our actions in International and African Affairs. "I am confident that traditionally friendly Russian-Ghanaian Ties will continue to develop for the benefit of our two countries ... in the interest of Global peace, International co-operation and mutual understanding," Mr. Primakov said.



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