President Nana Akufo-Addo has advised the outgoing Saudi Ambassador to be sure to treat Ghanaians living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia well.
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo showed concern at what he referred to as reports that some Ghanaians living in Saudi Arabia are being ill treated, and expressed that he wanted it to end so that the good relationship between the two countries may continue to grow.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking during a visit by the outgoing Saudi Ambassador, Hesham Meshaal Al Sowilem, who called on him at the presidency to say his goodbyes.
“There are still some stories about Ghanaians, some of our nationals maltreated in Saudi Arabia and I think it’s important that we draw the attention of your authorities to make sure that as much as possible whether those there are seeking work or those who come for the annual pilgrimage, the very friendly relations between the two countries is reflected in the way which our people are also treated,” he stated.
President Akufo further stated that his administration sought to deepen Ghana's relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and would seek the support of the Saudi government to help befriend the rest of the Gulf region.
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“We are counting a lot on growing the relationship with Saudi Arabia because we are very much interested in growing our relations with the entire Gulf region of the Middle East and we know that the key to the Gulf region lies in Riyadh."
"You have to pass through Riyadh to get to the rest of the Gulf, so that is some engagement we want to undertake. We know that the way Saudi Arabia has been with Ghana, we can expect your support in this initiative that we’ll be taking very soon”.
Presidnet Akufo-Addo also expressed gratitude to the outgoing Saudi diplomat and called for closer economic collaboration that would be mutually beneficial for both countries.
“Thank you for your visit. You’ve been here for so many years and now you are leaving us. It’s sad but it should not disturb the good relations that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and our own country. We have had the relationship for some years and there are opportunities for us to see how we can move it to a higher level."
"These are difficult times for the economies of most countries in the world and we know that there are opportunities and initiatives that… can help in the development of our countries and also foster the relationship between us. Every year we have major issues to do with transportation of our pilgrims to Mecca and other places and we are hoping that this year there won’t be that incident. That has to be our prayer…,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
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