Accra, Oct. 16, GNA – Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara arrived in Accra on Monday heading a delegation of 10 ministers of that country to begin a two-day official visit to Ghana.
President Ouatarra and his delegation were met at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Upon his arrival, the Ivorian Leader inspected a full guard of honour mounted by the Ghana Air Force, amidst the customary national salute of 21 guns.
President Akufo-Addo and President Ouattara then took a drive through Accra’s principal streets, lined with cheering flag-waving school children, Ivorian nationals in Ghana and people from diverse walks of life.
The two presidents, after the state drive, retired to the Flagstaff House for closed-door talks that is expected to culminate in the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement, which the ministers of both nations are currently deliberating on.
President Akufo-Addo, welcoming the Ivorian Leader and his delegation to the Presidency, said it was a great honour to have them in Ghana, and that the move would “improve and bring our nations into much greater intimacy than we had in the past.”
“There is a bright future ahead of us if we can get all our various ducts in the correct role places…the Ghanaian people will continue to be very supportive of all initiatives to improve the ties between our two countries,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo commended President Ouattara for his regard of both countries’ interests in the delicate maritime border dispute, saying that the matter should be “the basis for forging even stronger relations between us.”
“It is important that at the end of the day, the will, the desire to work to translate the technical details, the papers and all of that into concrete decisions that affect the lives of our people, for me, is what is most important,” he said.
“I think that at this juncture of our history, we have a historic opportunity to bring our two countries together…and for us to be a role model for the rest of West Africa.”
President Ouattara expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana for the hospitality extended to him and his delegation, and said that was natural, considering the common history both countries shared.
He said he looked forward to fruitful engagements between his country and Ghana in furtherance of the peace and solidarity in the ECOWAS Region.
Both leaders will address the media on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
The visit, a reciprocal one, following President Akufo-Addo’s visit to Cote d’Ivoire at the beginning of his tour of ECOWAS countries, is expected to shore-up the cordial relations between both countries, as well as enable them to explore other areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of their peoples.
President Akufo-Addo would host President Ouattara to a State Dinner at the Accra International Conference Centre later in the evening.
Prior to President Ouattara’s departure on Tuesday, the two countries would sign a bilateral agreement, and inaugurate a joint commission for the implementation of the recent judgement passed by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.