MALABO, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his three-day visit to Equatorial Guinea is to strengthen existing ties and explore areas of co-operation to the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
He notes that for several decades, both nations have maintained strong ties at the diplomatic level and adds that he is following in the footsteps of three of his predecessors, who also paid official visits to Equatorial Guinea.
They have laid a solid foundation for relations between our two countries, on which I am hoping to help build a bright future of co-operation, he said at a State banquet held in his honour Monday by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the commencement of his visit.
With the last meeting of the Permanent Joint Commission of Co-operation between the two countries held in Accra in 2010, President Akufo-Addo expressed the hope that his visit to Malabo would kick-start the re-commencement of formal sessions of the commission.
The president aid he keen to revive the bilateral air services agreement and re-establish direct flights between Accra and Malabo. His government, he said, had also committed itself to expanding Tema Port into a trans-shipment hub to improve trade within Africa.
President Akufo-Addo noted that Equatorial Guinea’s proximity to Ghana made it one of the excellent sources for procuring reliable and sustainable liquified natural gas (LNG) to augment Ghana’s domestic supply, which would guarantee the country’s energy security.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK