President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday received letters of credence from seven envoys at the Jubilee House, Accra.They are the ambassadors of Israel, Ms Shlomit Sufa; Mrs Anette Chao Garcia from Cuba; Egypt’s Aldesouky Mahmoud Youssef; Mauricio Mauro Epkua Obama Bindang of Equatorial Guinea; Japan’s Mochizuki Hisanobu; the Ambassador of Greece to Nigeria with parallel accreditation to Ghana, Ioannis Plotas; and Yanko Vasilev from Bulgaria.
At separate ceremonies, President Akufo-Addo congratulated them on their appointments, welcomed them warmly to Ghana wished them a pleasant stay and a successful tour of duty.
He recounted the longstanding ties Ghana had had with each of those countries, and reiterated Ghana’s commitment to enhancing the bonds of friendship and cooperation with those nations for mutually beneficial outcomes for all.
The President harped on the need for strategic partnerships within the context of a globalised world where interdependence was needed for the progress of any nation.
He assured the envoys that his Government would work to enhance relations with their countries, and would ensure that their respective official duties were carried out smoothly.
When she met the President, the Israeli envoy, Ambassador Sufa, said she had been taken by the warmth of Ghanaians towards the State of Israel and its people.
She said she looked forward to more fruitful partnerships that will strengthen the relationship between Ghana and Israel.
On her part, Mrs Garcia, the Cuban envoy, pledged to dedicate more of her efforts towards enhancing the already strong ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between Ghana and Cuba.
The Egyptian Ambassador, Youssef, praised President Akufo-Addo’s “farsighted policies and transcendent leadership,” which he said had brought “so many dividends to the Republic of Ghana”.
He was hopeful that his time in Ghana would witness the strengthening of relations between his country and Ghana on the political, economic, commercial, educational, cultural, and healthcare fronts.
Mr Mauricio Bindang of Equatorial Guinea told President Akufo-Addo that his country was looking forward to promoting exchanges with Ghana in the economic, social, and cultural sectors, to consolidate the South-South cooperation.
Laying emphasis on the resolve of Japan to increase economic engagement with Ghana through trade and investment, Ambassador Hisanobu said his country was working hard to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trader Area (AfCFTA) office in Accra to further expand their businesses in Africa through Ghana.
The Greek Ambassador, Plotas, described Ghana as an “important and reliable partner in an unstable and volatile region”, saying that he would during his tour of the country, work to enhance Greek-Ghana relations and seek new mutually beneficial engagements for the peoples of the two nations.
Yanko Vasilev, the Bulgarian envoy, appealed to President Akufo-Addo, in the spirit and letter of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, to help Bulgaria stop encroachers on diplomatic properties of its mission in Ghana.
He praised the recent cooperation agreements between the National Library of Bulgaria and Ghana Library Board, and between the Bulgaria News Agency and the Ghana News Agency.