- President Mahama has expressed pride for being the first ever African president to visit Iran after its nuclear agreement
- Both nations have signed MoUs for the improvement of agriculture and other sectors of the economy
President John Mahama has expressed pride over his visit to Iran stating that he remains the first ever African leader to have officially visited the country after its nuclear agreement.
In a post on social media over his visit, the proud-sounding Ghanaian president revealed that the decision to visit Iran is to boost trade between both countries.
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"One of my duties as a leader is to attract new opportunities for Ghana and Ghanaians through international cooperation. This is one of the reasons why I paid a fruitful visit to Iran, at the invitation of Iran’s President, Dr. Hassan Rouhani. I am proud to be the first African leader to visit Iran after the nuclear agreement, and also the first Ghanaian leader to come here after the Islamic Revolution. Iran has always been a close friend and supporter of the freedom movement in Africa, and supported the fight against colonialism and apartheid,” the President wrote.
Iran and Ghana have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to promote cooperation in the fields of agriculture and standards. Ghana and Iran have a long standing relationship as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 2014, during a visit to Ghana by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two countries established a Permanent Joint Commission.