“We oppose African countries being isolated for travel bans linked to Covid-19” – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Akufo-Addo once again denouncedattempts to isolate African countries for the imposition of travel bans as instruments of immigration control.

At a joint press conference at Jubilee House, with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Saturday, he said: control, when we are told for example that the Omicron variant of the Covid-19, which has was recently sequenced and reported by South African scientists, was discovered much earlier in the Netherlands ”.

President’s comments follow US, UK and EU decision to bar entry to travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho , Eswatini, Egypt, Mozambique, Malawi and Nigeria, following the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The South African president is on a two-day visit to Ghana.

Speaking to the media, President Akufo-Addo said he exchanged views and information with President Ramaphosa on the common fight against Covid-19.

He added: “I reiterated Ghana’s unwavering support to South Africa and indeed to all other African countries in the joint search for an end to the pandemic.”

He told the media that the purpose of the South African president’s visit is to reaffirm the ties of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. The two leaders discussed at length how to strengthen political and economic relations, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as cooperation at continental and multilateral levels.

Their deliberations also focused on the creation of investment opportunities, national and foreign, in both countries, the achievement of the 17 SDGs and the need for enhanced cooperation and partnership in the fields of education, trade and industry, agriculture, defense cooperation, immigration, the environment. , science and technology, petroleum and petroleum activities and tourism.

While thanking President Ramaphosa and South Africa for supporting Ghana’s candidacy for the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, President Akufo -Addo reaffirmed that “Ghana will ensure that Africa’s voice is heard loud and clear in the deliberations of the Security Council, both on issues affecting the continent and on global issues, and we will consult largely to define the interests of Africa ”.

He continued: “With the continent facing multiple threats to the territorial integrity of some of its states and many of its civilian populations under serious threat, President Ramaphosa and I agreed that the time was not right. for the Security Council to reduce its peacekeeping mandates on the continent ”.

President Akufo-Addo praised President Ramaphosa for his efforts to consolidate peace in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with SADC’s ongoing mission to quell the violent insurgency in the northern province Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, in which South African troops play a leading role.

“We at ECOWAS have a lot to learn from this in our own fight against the terrorist threat in the Sahel. President Ramaphosa expressed great interest in this fight and pledged SADC support to ECOWAS within the framework of the AU, ”he said.

Such cooperation, he added, between regional bodies is important to rid the continent of all undemocratic elements that have surfaced and seek to destabilize and threaten Africa’s peace and security, and undermine efforts. aiming to achieve “The Africa We Want”, as enshrined in the AU’s Agenda 2063.

The President added that “Ghana is determined to deepen its democratic governance, strengthen its institutions of accountability and place its economy on a solid platform for rapid development.

The vision remains that of a Ghana Beyond Aid, an empowered Ghana that has freed itself from a mindset of dependency, aid, charity and giving, and is determined to make smart use and disciplined of its considerable resources the basis of its growth and prosperity. “

He reassured President Ramaphosa that Ghana will continue to work with South Africa to find solutions to challenges such as eradicating widespread poverty, eradicating irregular migration, insecurity and human rights violations. , terrorism and violent extremism, human and drug trafficking, piracy, as well as climate change and its negative impact on the environment and livelihoods.

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