The President of the Unites States of America, George Walker Bush says as head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President John Agyekum Kufuor has worked with his colleagues in Africa and the US to achieve peace and promote reconciliation, first in Liberia, and more recently in Côte D'Ivoire.
Ghana, President Bush said, “ has demonstrated to all of Africa its respect for the rule of law and its commitment to democracy. In an often-troubled region, Ghana is clear proof that democratic, multi-party elections, with full respect for the political rights of all, are the most certain road to peace and stability.”
This statement was in response to remarks made by Ambassador Fritz Kwabena Poku when he presented his Letters of Credence to President Bush on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at the White House.
According to a press release by the Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC, President Bush's remarks also touched on Ghana's domestic front where he observed the vibrancy of democracy, economic growth and a record of good governance, which accounted for Ghana's eligibility and inclusion in the Millennium Challenge Account.
President Bush stated that “President Kufuor and I are both seeking a second term of office in a process that I am certain will reflect positively on the strength of our respective countries. This shared commitment to the democratic process reflects shared fundamental values that link our two countries.”
While Acknowledging Ghana's role in the quest for global peace and as the first country to welcome US Peace Corps volunteers, President Bush expressed the hope that the forthcoming elections in both the United States and Ghana would bring good tidings.
Through Ambassador Poku, President Bush urged the Ghana Government “to remain in steady course of improving the life of Ghana's people while continuing its efforts to integrate your country into the global economy.”