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Ghana opposes distinguishing African countries from travel bans linked to Covid-19 – – President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) in a nudge with Cyril Ramaphosa

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared Ghana’s opposition to all attempts to designate African countries for the imposition of travel bans, as instruments of immigration control.

This position, President Akufo-Addo said, was based on the fact that “the omicron variant of COVID-19, which was recently sequenced and reported by South African scientists, was discovered much earlier in the Netherlands “.

Speaking on Saturday at a joint press conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Jubilee House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said Ghana was firmly opposed to all attempts by the United States, the Kingdom United and the EU to ban entry to travelers from South Africa. , Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Egypt, Mozambique, Malawi and Nigeria, due to the Omicron variant.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, Accra, to strengthen relations between the two countries, as well as to call for solidarity against travel bans imposed on his countries, including Nigeria and some countries in southern Africa because of the Omicron virus.

The latest variant of Covid-19 was identified on November 25 by scientists in South Africa and has since been detected in more than 20 countries, including the United States

President Akufo-Addo said the two leaders exchanged views and information on the joint fight against COVID-19, and assured: “Ghana’s unwavering support to South Africa and, in fact , to all other African countries, in the joint search for an end to the pandemic. “

President Akufo-Addo told the media that the South African President’s visit was aimed at deepening the ties of cooperation and friendship between the two countries.

He said the two leaders had discussed at length how to strengthen political and economic relations, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as cooperation at continental and multilateral levels.

The two leaders also discussed how to generate investment opportunities, domestic and foreign, in the two countries, and the achievement of the 17 SDGs, and the need for enhanced cooperation and partnership in the two countries. fields of education, trade and industry, agriculture, defense, immigration, environment. , science and technology, petroleum and petroleum activities and tourism.

President Akufo-Addo thanked President Ramaphosa and South Africa for the support Ghana has received in applying for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat and non-permanent seat on the Council of United Nations security.

He assured that “Ghana will ensure that Africa’s voice is heard loud and clear in the deliberations of the Security Council, both on issues affecting the continent and on global issues, and we will consult widely to define the interests of Africa “.

President Akufo-Addo said Africa faces multiple threats, primarily the territorial integrity of some of its states, and he and his South African colleague agreed that the Security Council should continue its “mandates of peacekeeping on the continent “.

President Akufo-Addo commended President Ramaphosa for his efforts to consolidate peace in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is facing the violent insurgency in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.

“We at ECOWAS have a lot to learn from this in our fight against the terrorist threat in the Sahel. President Ramaphosa expressed great interest in this fight, and pledged SADC support to ECOWAS within the framework of the AU, ”he said. noted.

“The Africa we want”, as enshrined in the AU’s Agenda 2063.

He assured that Ghana would continue to work with South Africa to find solutions to widespread poverty, elimination of irregular migration, insecurity and human rights violations, terrorism and violent extremism, human and drug trafficking, piracy and climate change and its negative impact. on the environment and livelihoods.

For his part, President Cyril Ramaphosa said his last visit to Ghana was in 2019, where South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs signed an agreement establishing the commission. binational which had elevated relations between the two countries to the head. at the state level

This agreement, said the South African president, had placed relations between the two countries in a category of strategic relation which underlines the long-standing relations “between our two nations”.

“Today, Ghana and South Africa held the inaugural session of the Binational Commission, which was a very historic moment in the efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.”

The two countries have also signed several agreements to consolidate relations between them.

The South African president said his visit to Ghana had strengthened bilateral relations between South Africa and Ghana and strengthened partnerships focused on Africa’s development and cooperation in multilateral forums.

The two countries also explored ways to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area for mutual benefit and with greater support for companies conducting intra-African trade and investment.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by a delegation of ministers and business leaders given the growing economic relations and people-to-people interaction between South Africa and Ghana.