Veep Receives Liberian President
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has received the Liberian President Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.
President Sirleaf, who is in Accra for a day’s visit, was accompanied by Liberian government officials.
As part of the visit, President Sirleaf, who is also the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), shall also hold talks with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House on bilateral relations between Ghana and Liberia.
She is also expected to thank President John Mahama for leading the campaign in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the affected countries in the sub-region and the activities of Bokom Haram terrorist group and other militant groups in the West African sub-region are also expected to be discussed.
Other Ministers of State who were at the airport to receive the Liberian President include Mr Prosper Banni, Minister of Interior; Dr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry; Ms Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Mr Nii Lante Vanderpuje, Minister of Youth and Sports.
Ghana and Liberia have had a long standing diplomatic relations which dates many years back.
Ghana was one of the first countries to send troops to intervene the Liberian conflict and spearheaded the peace-talks that led to the Accra Peace Accord- leading to the establishment of the transitional government.
Ghanaian and Liberians have had decades of interaction at the people-to-people level spanning several areas including business, commerce, education and family ties.
Ghana has to work closely with Liberia to reactivate the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation to provide an effective instrument for promoting common socio-economic projects between the two countries.