Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire must maintain brotherly bond

The relationship dates back several decades and has suffered ups and downs, but the two countries, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have managed to maintain good relationship.

Thanks to leaders of successive governments of the two countries, the relations have been cordial, except on few occasions that both countries resolved differences without a third party intervention.

Although history has it that the two countries may have tribes that are related to each other, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire never allowed both political and economic differences to mar the brotherly love between them.

Indeed, the father of modern Cote d’Ivoire, the late President(s) Felix Houphouet-Boigny and Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who is regarded as founder of Ghana, maintained such a close relationship that benefitted the two countries politically and economically.

The close relationship between the two countries was not only at the political level, it transcended into economic and social interaction between the peoples of the two countries.

People of the two countries have engaged in trade and other economic activities that bind them together.

Such is the interaction that, it is difficult sometimes to differentiate an Ivorian from a Ghanaian.  The people of the two countries have over the years shown a high sense of brotherliness that they are prepared to support each other in times of difficulties.

The current leaders of the two countries have continued the tradition by forging close relations on both bilateral and global issues. They have both paid reciprocal visits to each other’s country to cement their friendship.

The latest visit by the Ivorian President, although described as official visit, is very significant in many ways.

It is coming at the back of a landmark judgement passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire and efforts being made by the two countries to implement the judgement.

Although judgement was passed in favour of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire has shown a lot of magnanimity and accepted the result in good faith.

That the Ivorian leader decided to visit Ghana by himself to sign the implementation agreement underscores the goodwill of our neighbouring  brothers.

We salute and commend President Alassane Quattara for his commitment to maintaining the good relation between the two countries which was bequeathed to us by successive governments.

We hope that the visit would deepen the ties and make the two countries stronger.

Long live Ghana

Long live La Cote d’Ivoire




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