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Aoun, Ghana Vice President discuss bilateral ties

President Michel Aoun held talks Wednesday with the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, over the bilateral relations between the two countries and the contribution of Ghana to the United Nations Interim Force in south Lebanon.

Bawumia came to Baabda palace with an accompanying delegation, who conveyed to Aoun Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo's keenness on bolstering and developing ties with Lebanon.

"The relations between the two countries are strong and they are not new. Additionally, the Lebanese Diaspora in Ghana have been there for 125 years, and we consider them more Ghanaian than Lebanese. They are significantly contributing to our country's development and growth in the fields of industry, culture, social development, trade and others," Bawumia said.

"I am looking forward to meeting with the Ghanaian soldiers, and I would like to seize the chance to congratulate you on your ability to preserve peace and security despite the huge challenges you are facing," he told Aoun.

"I also know you are hosting tremendous numbers of displaced Syrians; however, you have been up to the challenges," he added.

"I reiterate Ghana's commitment to maintain peace in Lebanon," he underlined.

"Ghana has been present in the South for more than 40 years, and it will continue to do so as long as there need of it," he stressed.

For his part, Aoun welcomed the visiting delegation, hailing Ghana's efforts in preserving peace by its participation in the UNIFIL.

"Lebanon maintains good political ties with Ghana which we hope to enhance," Aoun said, wishing further prosperity and development for this country.

Source: National News Agency