President John Dramani Mahama today held bilateral talks with President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan as part of a two-day Official Visit to Côte d’Ivoire.
Speaking at a press conference after their meeting in the Presidential Palace, the two leaders said their discussions centred on boosting economic activities between the two countries, spearheading the regional integration efforts of the subregion, and how to amicably resolve the maritime border issues, subregional security.
President Ouattara congratulated President Mahama for his leadership and impactful tenure as Chair of ECOWAS noting, that he demonstrated a clear commitment to the integration efforts and borough his influence to bear on a number of issues in the subregion.
He also recognised President Mahama’s role in the developing a new spirit of cooperation between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. According to him, President Mahama has over the years enhanced the level of relations from where the late President John Evans Atta Mills began before his death.
President Mahama has visited Côte d’Ivoire on a number of occasions but this is his first Official Visit to our western neighbour, and he is accompanied on the list by First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama.
Also on the delegation are Attorney General Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Interior Minister Prosper Douglas Bani, National Security Adviser Baba Kamarama and a Member of the Council of State, Lt. Gen. Seth Obeng (Rtd.).
The others are Deputy Minister for Transport Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Deputy Minister for Power John Abdulai Jinapor, Deputy Minister for Roads & Highways Isaac Adjei Mensah and the Omanhene of Nsein Traditional Area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II.
President Mahama has since the afternoon’s events, being handed the key to the Autonomous City of Abidjan and an honorary citizen of Côte d’Ivoire.
He will later tonight be decorated with the highest Ivorian National Award at a State Dinner to be held in his honour at the Presidential Palace.