Spain grateful to Ghana

Vice President  Amissah Arthur welcoming the SpanishThe government of Spain has expressed appreciation to Ghana for the support offered that country to become a member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Ms Maria Alonso, Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, said as a reciprocal measure Spain intends to support Ghana’s development effort, and also defend Africa’s interest on the international stage.

Ms Alonso gave the commendation when she paid a courtesy call on Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday.

The two countries have had long-standing diplomatic relations dating back to 1969.

Ms Alonso said more than 60 per cent of the issues that are discussed at the UN Security Council are matters that affect the African continent.

According to her, Spain was interested in having close relations with Ghana and being able to talk about issues that interest the country.

She said currently the diplomatic relations between the two countries is very good and expressed the hope to deepen it further.

Ms Alonso expressed the optimism to expand the commercial and economic relations between the two nations for the mutual benefit of their people.

Currently, she said, Spain was multiplying its commercial relations with Ghana, and there would be more trade missions by Spanish businessmen to explore investment opportunities in the country.

She said although the Spanish economy is in crisis a few years back, the present government had put in the right measures which has been able to return the economy to the path of growth.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, for his part, commended Spain for the continuous support towards the Ghanaian economy as well as benefits that Ghana continued to derive from the bilateral relations.

He said trade exports and financial cooperation between the two countries had increased over the years and therefore urged the Spanish Ambassador to do more to ensure cooperation between Ghanaian businesses and their Spanish counterparts.

By Edmund Mingle

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