President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday received the letters of credence of four new envoys accredited by their countries to Ghana.
The envoys included; the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ghana, Meshal Hamdan Al-Rogi; the Maltese High Commissioner to Ghana, Jean Claude Galea Mallia; the Bulgarian Ambassador to Ghana, Blagoev Delchev; and the Burundian Ambassador to Ghana, Emmanuel Mpfayokurera.
At separate events at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo welcomed the new envoys to Ghana and patted their backs on their appointments.
He wished them a successful duty tour in Ghana, and assured of Ghana’s continued support to strengthen the ties with their respect countries for the mutual benefit of all parties.
The Saudi envoy, Meshal Hamdan Al-Rogi, spoke of the eagerness of the kingdom to increase and develop bilateral relations existing between the two countries.
He was hopeful that during his duty tour “I will try my best to achieve this common high will, under the privileged and historical relations linking both Saudi and Ghanaian leadership and people.”
President Akufo Addo mentioned the relations between Saudi Arabia and Ghana that “has been a good one for nearly sixty years now,” and looked forward to further strengthening of the bonds of friendship between both nations.
He was grateful for the generosity of the Kingdom towards Ghana over the years and expressed his appreciation for the warm reception accorded Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Sau when he visited Saudi last year.
The Burundian Ambassador Mpfayokurera told President Akufo-Addo that his country had followed keenly and with admiration, his commitment to advance the interest of Ghana and Africa, and “would like to strategise and work with you.”
He was hopeful that his presence in Ghana would to further the existing diplomatic relations and cooperation between both countries.
President Akufo-Addo assured him that Ghana would work to strengthen ties with Burundi.
He said called on African countries to expedite efforts for the fruition of the Continental Free Trade Area to accelerate intra-African trade that would lead to development, saying that the move would create a more efficient and direct opportunity between nations.
Jean Claude Mallia, the Maltese High Commissioner who lauded Ghana on its outstanding social and economic development, culture, health and education, and democracy that had placed it on the right path to development, said “intensifying relations with Ghana is a priority for Malta’s strategy in West Africa.”
He observed that a lot had been achieved recently in bilateral relations between Ghana and Malta, since his country established its High Commission in Accra last year, saying “We are firm in our commitment to continue building upon this momentum.”
President Akufo-Addo was confident that his State visit to Malta next week would be an opportunity to build on the momentum to strengthen relations between both nations.
On his part, the Bulgarian Ambassador Vesselin Delchev, indicated that his country viewed Ghana as a leader on the African continent, stating that Bulgaria would strengthen the already strong bilateral, trade and economic relations with Ghana for the mutual benefit of their peoples.
President Akufo-Addo said Bulgaria and Ghana said the two countries ought to build on the high-level contacts they had established to scale up ties between them.