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30.06.2004 General News

Ghana would continue to treasure Iranian Support - JAK

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Accra, June 30, GNA - Ghana would continue to treasure and respect the support of Iran in her socio-economic development, President John Agyekum Kufuor said in Accra on Monday.

He was speaking when the outgoing Iran Ambassador in Ghana, Mr Majid Bismark paid a farewell call on him at the Castle, Osu. Mr Bismark assumed duty in Ghana on March 22, 2001.

President Kufuor commended Mr Bismark for a successful duty tour, adding, "you have been quiet but effective in your duties in Ghana. "You should continue to remember Ghana positively for the good works you did", he said.

Mr Bismark commended President Kufuor for his leadership role in ensuring the maintenance of peace and stability within the West African Sub-Region.

He said Iran was prepared to establish another clinic in Ghana to improve on the health needs of the people.

The Iranian Ambasador said there had been tremendous improvement in the relationship between both countries especially in education, health, culture, agriculture and rural development.

He said there were about 300 Iranians in Ghanaian and an additional 120 students were expected next academic year. Ghana needs more support for her infant democracy to succeed - President Kufuor Accra, June 30, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday appealed to the country's development partners for more assistance and support for Ghana's infant democracy and good governance to succeed. President Kufuor made the appeal when Mr Jean-Pierre Bolduc, outgoing Canadian High Commissioner in Ghana paid a farewell call on him at the Castle, Osu.

He assumed duty in Ghana on September 14, 2001.

President Kufuor said; "Canada has played a commendable role in Ghana's infant democracy and good governance--- and such assistance and support should continue for democracy to succeed in Ghana".

He said he was optimistic that with Canada's support to the conduct of elections in Ghana, Ghanaians would be well informed to ensure free and fair elections in December.

Mr Bolduc said there had been tremendous improvement in the trade relations between Canada and Ghana that had increased by about 30 per cent in the volume of imports from Canada and exports from Ghana had also increased.

He said with Ghana's commitment to democratic rule and good governance it would continue to be the beacon of hope for Africa. 30 June 04

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