Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, says Ghana cherishes her relations with Cuba, and called for the consolidation of the economic ties between the two countries.
Strengthening of the ties, he said, was critical in ensuring that the two countries accrued more dividends from their economic and social partnership in the areas of trade, health and education.
The Vice President said this when the outgoing Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Jorge Fernando Nicolas, called on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday to bid farewell at the end of his four-year duty tour in Ghana.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur expressed government’s appreciation to Cuba for the continued support in the health care delivery in Ghana, and particularly lauded the commitment and contribution of Cuban medical brigades deployed to Ghana.
He noted that the partnership between the two nations had good growth prospects, and encouraged the government of Cuban to take advantage of the lifting of the 50-year old embargo against it by the United States of America (USA) to improve commercial ties with Ghana.
He believed it was time for that country to deepen its economic ties with other countries, and assured the Cuban government of Ghana’s renewed commitment to their bilateral cooperation.
The Vice President congratulated Mr Nicolas for a successful tour, which he said helped to enhance the lateral relations between the two countries, and urged him to be a good ambassador of Ghana in his future assignments.
He also gave the assurance that the support offered him would be extended to his successor to build on the foundation for the mutual benefit of both nations.
Mr. Nicolas, thanked the government and Ghanaians for their cooperation and support that enabled him to undertake a successful duty tour.
In addition, he thanked Ghana for the help offered to Cuba in fighting for the release of the Cuban five from US prisons.
He lauded the political maturity of Ghana and the steady socio-economic progress, and assured that the two nations would continue to work together to address their common development challenges.
At the end of the meeting, the Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, presented a piece of Kente cloth and a wooden stool to the diplomat as gift from the government.
By Edmund Mingle