Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has assured the government’s commitment to deepen Ghana’s relationship with the United States of America for the benefit of the two countries.
He said there would be greater co-operation between the two governments in the spheres of the economy, counter terrorism, cyber security, among others to enhance the peace and security in both countries and the world at large.
The Vice President made the pledge when he received a delegation of US Senators and Congressmen at the Presidency over the weekend.
Led by Senator Jim Inhofe (Republican Oklahoma), the delegation is in the country to study at first hand, the challenges facing the new government in order to enable them make informed decision about Ghana when they return.
The delegation included Senator Marion Michael Rounds (South Dakota), Congressman Vern Buchanan (Florida’s 16th District), Randy Hultgren (Illinois 14th District), Steve Pierce (New Mexico), and Tim Walberg (South Central Michegan).
Dr. Bawumia said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had certain values in common with the ruling Republican Party in the US and indicated that the two governments would deepen the steady relationship between Ghana and the US.
He noted that the two governments, which had the elephant symbol representing their political parties, believed in rule of law, private enterprise, among others, and would continue to advance the relationship between the two countries for the benefit of their citizens.
“The bond of friendship is quite deep. We value that relationship very much,” he said, and noted that although both governments were new in office, they both had the commitment to improve the quality of life for their citizens.
Vice President Bawumia expressed the government’s commitment to develop the private sector, protect the public purse, and ensure freedom of the press.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues after the meeting with the Vice President and other government officials, Senator Marion Michael Rounds commended Ghana for the smooth transition of power from one government to another in the last election.
He said the successful change of government and the conduct of Ghanaians during the election was a sign of the country’s democratic credentials.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Defense, Dominic Nitiwul, Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery were among the government officials present at the meeting.
By Yaw Kyei