The Minister of State of African Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Kattan, has visited Ghana as part of his two days visit in the country started on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Accra.
His arrival aimed at consolidating Saudi Arabia’s relations with Ghana and to seek Ghana’s continuous support for Saudi Arabia’s interests in the region. It is significant to note that Saudi Arabia has long coveted Ghana’s friendship and this has been underscored by the Kingdom in various meetings with officials of the Ghana Mission in Riyadh.
In her welcome remarks, Hon Ayorkor Botchwey affirmed that Saudi Arabia will always remain a friend of Ghana and a valuable partner in the Middle East and the Gulf region as Ghana places premium on its diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.
She noted that Ghana has been keen in exploring avenues to expand the existing cordial relations with the Kingdom including a visit by the President of the Republic to the Kingdom and expressed the hope that the two countries can work together to consolidate the relations for the mutual benefit of their people.
Foreign Minister designate futher expressed gratitude to the Kingdom for the courtesies extended to Vice President Dr. Bawumia and your good self when you both visited the Kingdom in 2018 and 2019 respectively and the Kingdom’s long-standing facilitation of Ghanaian pilgrims in the annual Hajj.
She congratulated Saudi Arabia for successfully steering the presidency of the G20 at the time when the world was grappling with the emergence of the COVID-19 and express hope that the Kingdom will continue to be a voice for developing countries at the G20, particularly on matters such as equitable access to vaccines and debts forgiveness.
Hon Ayorkor Botchwey urged H.E. Ahmed Kattan to encourage Saudi companies to take advantage of the AfCFTA to invest in Ghana and use Ghana as the springboard to export to other parts of the continent.
She commended the Saudi Government for the funds which have been obtained from the Saudi Fund for Development for the expansion of the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and the approval of USD$20m for the procurement of equipment to upgrade the status of that hospital.
Foreign Minister reiterated Ghana’s support for the two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and call on all stakeholders to support the peace process within the framework of the UN.