Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama in Accra, April 17, 2013.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran and Ghana must seize opportunities to make progress in favor of the two nations and to establish a fair world order.
In a Wednesday meeting with his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama on the last leg of his West African tour, Ahmadinejad said Ghana is a pioneer in seeking independence and justice in the world.
Ghana is a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Iran is the current chair of the movement.
The Iranian and Ghanaian nations should make use of their ample opportunities to establish broad cooperation, achieve progress and establish a just world order, the Iranian president said.
“Cooperation between Iran and Ghana is in favor of the two nations and global peace and security, and the Islamic Republic of Iran sees Ghana’s progress as its own progress,” Ahmadinejad pointed out.
He pointed to the cultural and historical commonalties between Tehran and Accra and urged the two sides to bolster regional and international cooperation in accordance with bilateral potentials.
Ahmadinejad said the expansion of the relations between the two countries should result in “positive and tangible” outcomes for both the Iranian and Ghanaian people.
The Ghanaian president, for his part, said that his country would proceed with efforts to promote relations with Iran and added that the two countries have the potentials to adopt measures with the purpose of stabilizing peace and security in the world.
Mahama expressed Ghana’s firm solidarity with international organizations, NAM in particular.
He added that Tehran-Accra cooperation in NAM can serve as a model and chance to strengthen the relations among developing countries.
The Iranian president wrapped up his three-day tour of the African countries of Benin, Niger and Ghana and arrived in Tehran early Thursday.
During his visit, he held talks with senior officials of the three countries and signed important agreements.