Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her office in Monrovia.
Madam Tetteh, who was concluding a two-day visit to Liberia on Tuesday, had earlier signed an Agreement with her Liberian counterpart, Mr. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan that will lead to the establishment of a Permanent Joint Commission between the two countries.
Welcoming Foreign Minister Tetteh, President Sirleaf extended heartfelt felicitations to her counterpart, President John Mahama and said she was extremely delighted that her brother had taken the decision to formally actualize the process leading to the establishment of a Joint Commission between the two countries.
The Liberian leader reiterated that there are many Liberian communities in Ghana as there are Ghanaian communities in Liberia, saying she looked forward to this Commission as being one that will further bring the two countries closer together in the spirit of friendship and brotherhood.
She thanked the Ghanaian Foreign Minister for being instrumental in ensuring that this Agreement is realized as it has been in the works for quite some time.
In response, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Tetteh conveyed to President Sirleaf greetings on behalf of President Mahama and stressed the importance of both countries to have a more formal platform in which they can strengthen relations.
She emphasized the importance of Liberian and Ghanaian communities found in both countries, noting that as a Member of Parliament, representing a constituency that incorporates the former Buduburam Camp, she had the opportunity to engage with Liberians for a very long time.
The Ghanaian Foreign Minister pointed out that citizens of both countries were ahead of both governments since Liberian and Ghanaian citizens have both integrated into societies in their respective host countries; noting that it was therefore important that both governments formalize this agreement so that citizens of both countries can realize the mutual interests.
She hoped that having signed the agreement, the two governments will expand cooperation in areas including Economic, Trade and Investment, Energy and Mineral Resources, Agriculture and Livestock Development, Education, Health, Tourism and Culture, Science and Technology, Security and Military Cooperation, and Foreign Affairs, Legal and Judicial matters aimed at coagulating and strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries. H.E. Tetteh pledged her government’s commitment to the process.