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23.04.2008 General News

President Receives 2 New Envoys

By Samuel Amoako - newtimesonline.com

President John Agyekum Kufuor yesterday conferred with two envoys at the Castle on Ghana’s bilateral relations with the international community.

The visitors were the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxemburg, Mr Jean Asselbon and the Secretary-General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), Sir John Kaputin.

Mr Asselbon commended President Kufuor for his good leadership and for hosting the on-going United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which he said has come at the right time when all was not well with most African countries.

He said Luxemburg will endeavour to deepen its relations with Ghana and also increase its multilateral and bilateral assistance.

President Kufuor briefed Mr Asselbon on Ghana’s democratic process.

He said it was on the basis of Ghana’s democratic credentials and economic indices that a deepened bilateral relations with Luxemburg was necessary.

The President said Ghana believes in a global village where people relate well on a win-win basis.

He said Africa is on the verge of regional integration albeit there has been some difficulties as the countries are not uniformly developed adding, 'all the countries are committed'.

When Mr Kaputin of the ACP called, he informed the President of plans to hold a summit of Heads of State of ACP countries in Ghana in October, this year.

The summit, according to him, will be under the theme: 'Human security and development'.

President Kufuor however, suggested that the theme should include the prices of fuel and carbon emissions.

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