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General News Thu, 21 Nov 2002

Treat African migrants well

Mr Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday appealed to the government and people of Libya to treat Ghanaians and other African migrants in that country more humanely.

"Since the world is becoming a global village, more Ghanaians and Africans will always migrate to your country for what they may term greener pastures. You should therefore treat them as your brothers," he told the Libyan Ambassador-designate, Mr Mohammed Al Gamudi who presented his letters of credence to him.

"We will, however, do our best to discourage people from migrating to your country as the best could be achieved in one's own land with hard work."

Mr Owusu-Agyemang expressed regret that a lot of Ghanaians who have fallen out with the law were serving prison sentences in Libyan jails and indicated that plans were being put in place to bring home the 90 Ghanaians who have been given amnesty from Libyan jails.

He urged the Libyan authorities to treat those in jail humanely to make the struggle for a united Africa more meaningful.

The Minister thanked Libya for its assistance to Ghana and expressed the hope that the relationship between the two countries would be further strengthened.

He praised the Libyan Leader, Maummar Gaddafi for his leading role in seeing to a more united Africa, adding, Ghana would not relent in her efforts as well.

The Minister assured the Libyan Ambassador that Ghana would be fully represented at the Council of Ministers-African Union meeting to be held in Tripoli, Libya. Mr Al Gamudi stated that he was looking forward for more cordial ties between the two countries.

On his part, the Malaysian Ambassador-designate, Mr Mohammed Alias, said the recent visit by President John Agyekum Kufuor to Malaysia had deepened the friendship between Ghana and Malaysia and expressed the hope that the trade and economic cooperation that existed between the two would be further strengthened.

Mr Owusu-Agyemang said the President's visit to that country had made a great impart on Ghana and given rise to the president's oil palm initiative.

He said the rough patches that exist between the two countries in connection with Ghana Telecom were only "commercial patches" and expressed the hope that an amicable settlement would soon be found. Also at the Ministry was the new Charge d'Affaires of Bulgaria, Mr Diko Kolev Dikov.

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